Android N Coming Tonight For Nexus Phones
Global search engine giant Google is expected to roll out Android N Developer Preview anytime soon. We all know that Google I/O is happening on May 18-20, where the company will officially take the lid off Android N, but a new report from Ars Technica now suggests that the company has “posted the Android N Developer Preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and the General Mobile 4G, an Android One phone,” earlier than what one would have expected. This is because Google wants to gather as much feedback as possible from devs before going full commando later this year.
Key notables, as per the report (now taken down) of Android N’s Developer Preview include a split screen mode for phones and tablets, a redesigned notification panel and an improved Doze batter management feature.
Google has been working on bringing true split screen functionality to Android for quite some time now. It seems Android N will see this functionality finally bearing some fruit. The native side-by-side app mode in Android as per the images shared in the report suggest an interface similar to the one we see on Samsung phones. If at all this makes it in the final cut, developers will need to “add a new manifest attribute called android:resizableActivity to their apps” in order to make them usable in split-screen view, adds the report.
There also seems to be a provision for floating windows, courtesy Android N’s new picture in picture mode.
The notification panel sees a complete overhaul in this iteration of Android. For one, all power controls have been shifted to the top of the panel with an expandable drop down button towards the end to bring out more toggles. Gone is the card motif for notifications. It has been replaced by a minimalist white sheet with thin lines separating two notifications. Also, it will now be possible to bundle all notifications from a single app.
The Android N Developer Preview also sees an improved Doze mode that now works even when the screen is turned off. Earlier, the phone had to be stationary in order to make use of the power saving feature.
According to the report, Google is now “launching the “Android Beta Program” over at g.co/androidbeta but as luck would have it the report has been taken down now. Meanwhile, the link to Android N Developer Preview opens to Android M Developer Preview. A Reddit user captured a screenshot of the report and posted it on Reddit. Google will eventually roll out the Preview, and based on preliminary reports, Android N does look exciting.