Google Surprises Everyone With Release Of Android N Preview After Images Leak

Google Surprises Everyone With Release of Android N Preview After Images Leak

For a brief moment, Ars Technica published a detailed article listing all the new features coming to Android N. It was taken down, but not before the page got archived on sites like Reddit and other Android blogs. Here's exactly what we learned from the leak. Unlike past years, Android will be releasing an early beta of its new operating system before Google I/O in mid-May. The beta will go live on g.co/androidbeta. (At the time this article was published, the link was not live yet.) Based on the screenshots, Android N has three new big features: splitscreen, a new notifications panel and a new and improved Doze power-saving feature.

The first one is a loooong time coming. Much like fingerprint sensor support last year, Android is catching up to companies like Samsung and LG that already offer splitscreen features on customised versions of Android. This will be a huge boon for bigger smartphones running pure Android like 2014's Nexus 6, the Nexus 6P, and Google's weird little tablet, the Chrome Pixel C. Android TV will also be getting picture-in-picture support.

Google Surprises Everyone With Release of Android N Preview After Images Leak

Rough mock-up of Android N's rumoured splitscreen feature.

Google also confirms Android Police's early leak about an updated notification panel and cosmetic changes to the notification cards themselves. Many apps will begin including direct reply. Ars also mentions that Doze will now work when your phone isn't moving and when the screen is turned off, meaning phones running Android N should see a marginal increase in battery life. Here's a nice list of changes currently in the Android N beta.

The rest of the stuff is mostly background developer changes, indistinguishable for most users of Android. But Google warns that this initial release is for developers only and "may contain errors and defects that can result in serious damage to your computer systems, devices and data". So don't expect Android N to perform as well as the current operating system on your phone.

It's also worth mentioning that the changelog on an initial beta release is by no means what you'll get when Android N (Nutella?) is released to the public this fall. But considering some of these features — like splitscreen — were originally rumoured for last year's Android update, the probability of seeing them in an official release is very high.

This does leave one big glaring question: what exactly is Google going to talk about in May and its developers conference? Android may still play a big part, but 9to5Google reports citing an anonymous source that Android has "something totally different" planned this time. This could be a number of things, possibly the well rumoured ChromeOS-Android hybrid or maybe a spotlight for Google's VR plans. Whatever takes centre stage, it's already shaping up to be a weird year for Google.


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    Downloading now, will report back!

      All apps working fine except for CBA app...which freezes... Everything running smoothly except for chompsms which is a little laggy .

        There is currently Malware affecting some banking apps?
        http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/consumer-security/malware-hijacks-big-four-australian-banks-apps-steals-twofactor-sms-codes-20160309-gnf528.html

          Nah nothing to do with it. When I attempt to log in it looks like it can't find the required libraries... More an issue with the app designed to work with current versions rather thn hacking /vulnerability

            Found the reason in the change log:

            "This early build is not Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) approved. Apps that depend on CTS approved builds (Android Pay for example) won’t work."

    Whoa, slow down Google. I still haven't got M yet. Maybe they should update every other year.

    Yeah don't install if you want your phone to work lol.
    Mines a laggy piece of shit and nothing works

      After 2 minutes it got it's shit together

        I'm also on a 6P, mine is still laggy as though. The bluetooth audio is somehow even worse than before.

    Settings bar up the top is pretty good though.

    Why do UI Designers insist on a flat design... seriously... it looks like a dogs breakfast...

      Because skeuomorphism is the DEBIL!!

      Any ideas if/when the Nexus 5 will get it?

    I don't think it will be called Android "Nutella". I believe it will be Android "Nougat"

    One thing that I would love to know is how do you upgrade a Google OS on a (any brand) tablet ? I new OS comes out and ... Is there a website or something or am I at the mercy of the hardware vendor ?

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