Android N

Android N Dev Preview 1 Roundup: Everything So Far

March 9, 2016 - Written By Justin Diaz

To many people’s surprise, Google officially announced the Android N developer preview this morning, and along with the announcement they made the preview available to anyone who was interested in flashing it to a compatible Nexus device. Once the installs started rolling in, it was time to start digging and discover the changes that users can expect to come to Android once Google officially launches the software for the public, which should be later on this Summer. Of the included changes that have been discovered so far, Google has made improvements to Doze Mode so user devices have less battery drain due to the ability to enable the function even if a phone is not stationary.

Aside from Doze Mode, the recents menu and overview buttons also received some nifty tweaks. While the recents menu was already much easier to use in Lollipop and Marshmallow than previous version of the Android operating system, Google has improved upon it even more with the much larger cards for currently open apps in Android N. As for the overview button, it now has a multi-functional purpose and is no longer limited to opening up the recents screen. While it does still do that, if you double tap the button from the home screen or within an app, it’ll take you to the application that was used last. You can also now long-press the overview button to open split-screen mode, and if you long-press but also drag onto an app, you can see a preview of the app before opening it. Of course, perhaps the most talked about feature with Android N is the inclusion of multi-window mode and the split-screen options, as well as the picture-in-picture for Android TV devices. This has been something that users have been asking for continuously for quite some time, and it looks like Google is finally delivering. There is certainly more to Android N than just the few features we’ve talked about here, and there will likely be more to see in the coming days and months leading up to the official and final software release. If you have missed any of the news related to Android N’s announcement or the features it contains that have been discovered so far, you can find links to everything down below.