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Google Android N Developer Preview – An Unexpected Revelation

To all Android fans out there, there’s good news for you – Google has unveiled its new OS, the Android N. However, you can’t use it unless you are a developer, since it is the developers preview.

The New OS, which was expected to be revealed at the I/O Conference this May just like old times, has been released two months earlier. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google Head of Andoird, said, “It’s earlier than ever, it’s easier to try and we’re expanding the ways for you to give us feedback. We want to hear from you and iterate on the platform with you – that’s what makes Android stronger.”

The primary reason for the earlier than expected release of the developer’s preview is, of course, to let the users give their critical feedback on the OS so it can be further tweaked and improved for the final version.

Regardless, this earlier release has brought with it an “early-bird” look into the amazing features Android N will offer. Let’s take a quick look at some of those features:

The Most Awaited, Split-Screen View

Multitasking has always been a difficult feature to offer on mobiles, and even on some tablets. However, with the Android N OS, users can interact with two apps simultaneously with either side-by-side view or one-above-the-other. Best of all, the split views can be resized as per the users’ needs.

Improved Battery Life

Having a long lasting battery is every user’s desire. In its new Android, Google has tweaked and enhanced the Doze feature to amplify the battery life of your mobile. In the last version of the Doze feature, Doze kicks in if the mobile is left idle for a while. However, in the latest version the power-saving mode will trigger immediately when the screen turns off.

Grouped Notifications

Notifications have not always been very useful for alerts because too many notifications clutter up the screen and mess up the important alerts. With the bundled notifications in Android N, notifications from the same app will grouped up in a single tab.

Reply to Notifications

It won’t be long when the days of tapping notification and redirecting to the app to reply. The new Android N offers the inline replies feature that lets you respond or reply to the notifications right from the notification shades.

Feature Image Courtesy of: http://developer.android.com/preview/index.html