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Android N Beta release at Google I/O: Top features to know

Android N will be available later this year, and promises better productivity and security features. A look at the top features.

By: Tech Desk |
Updated: May 19, 2016 8:56:01 pm
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Google announced new beta release 3 of Android N at its annual developer conference I/O 2016. Google had made Android N available to developers early in March this year.

Android N brings several new features to world’s most used mobile operating system. The most primary changes are in performance, security and productivity. With Android N, Google has added support for new Vulcan API which promises better graphics performance.

For a normal user, Vulcan API should make Android feel more polished or less laggy in terms of performance. Another interesting OS level addition is the support for new JIT compiler, which reduces app install size. These under-the-hood improvements should bring Android on par with iOS when it comes to basic performance.

Five key feature you need to know:

Multi-tasking: Google has announced a new streamlined multitasking menu at I/O 2016. The new multitasking menu will be limited to last seven most commonly used apps, and Google is bringing ‘Clear All’ button back on popular demand.

Split-Screen: As announced back in March, Google is bringing split-screen multitasking feature and picture-in-picture mode to Android TV. With the new feature, Android N users can keep the video player in the corner while doing something else on their phone or tablet. There is also support for giving half the screen to individual apps.

Notifications: Google has redesigned notifications settings with quick reply feature in Android N. Android N users can reply to messages directly from the notification without the need to open any app. This feature has been a part of iOS and Windows 10 Mobile for long time. Additionally the new build has the option to change settings for a Notification right from the hub itself.

Also Read: Android N developer preview: Split-screen multitasking, interactive notifications and more

Daydream: The newest and biggest change to Android N is Daydream. Daydream is Google’s VR system or platform on which developers can enable new VR centric apps. Google is working with Samsung, Huawei, HTC, LG and Xiaomi to deliver VR ready smartphones later this year.  Google’s Daydream won’t be as sophisticated as Oculus but promises to be better than Samsung’s Gear VR. Read more about Daydream here.

Security: Android N comes with File based encryption, media framework hardening and seamless updates. Android N will download updates in the background and boot to newer system image, whenever user restart their phone. Google says this method will offers seamless integration and upgrade for all Android users.

Overall, Google says Android N has over 250 new features and improvements and will be available later this year. A ‘beta quality’ version is available to download today for Nexus devices and Pixel C tablet.

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