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Android N

Android N

Date Written: 4/21/2016

The next major update to the Android operating system is Android N. Google has not revealed what type of candy/desert the N will stand for, but as it gets closer to release we'll find out (past names have included Jelly Bean, KitKat, Marshmallow to name a few). The release date hasn't been set, but it is expected to be later in the fall this year. Right now the update is in the hands of developers who are previewing it.
Here is a list of some of the new features that are expected to be included with this update:

  • Includes support for Vulkan graphics API which will offer a significant boost in performance for many games and graphics heavy apps.
  • Emoji Unicode 9 support offers more emoji options for apps to incorporate.
  • Launcher Shortcuts will work on pressure sensitive displays and allow users to perform actions quicker.
  • Redesigned Notifications Panel which includes the ability to respond directly to messages from within a notification.
  • Multi-window mode will allow for easier multitasking.
  • Improved Doze Mode to help extend battery life.
  • Normal slate of bug fixes and more!