10 important under-the-hood changes in Android N that will improve performance and user experience

10 important under-the-hood changes in Android N that will improve performance and user experience
Two days ago, Google surprised just about everyone by releasing a very early developer preview of the next major installment in the Android saga: Android N. How early? Well, by the end of March 7, only 2.3% of the installed Android base had the latest Marshmallow build installed. So pretty early

Whatever the reality of Android version distribution, Google has made official a pretty ambitious schedule for Android N, with a new update promised every month or so. Seeing as Google is eyeing Q3 of 2016 for an official release, that means five whole updates are in the cards. In other words, Google will certainly keep us busy in the near future.

By now, many of you will have gotten themselves acquainted with the highlights of Android N. Side-by-side multitasking support, bundled notifications, improved Doze for even better battery management when idling, and more. And while these will continue to be the features to attract the most attention, it's also true that a whole score of rather obscure, under-the-hood changes have also been made available with the first preview of N. We can't be sure they're all here to stay given how Google may change its mind at any time, but they're certainly worth exploring, as many of them will inevitably better both user and the efficiency of third-party apps.

Let's dive in.

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18 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Nice.

2. khalid123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

better

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

it appears the N is the real upgrade, the lolipop was just a beta like honeycomb

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't know. I've seen beta testing that had more stability than lollipop.

5. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I agree. Marshmallow beta was more stable than lollipop.

8. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And the worst part is that OEM adopted Lollipop faster than any other updates

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

OEM adoption of Marshmallow is faster than Lollipop People keep forgetting that Lollipop was released a month earlier than Marshmallow Marshmallow is at 2.3% Lollipop was at 1.6% in February last year, and 3.3% in March last year So Marshmallow is about half a month a head of Lollipop

12. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Actually, Marshmallow was released earlier, and Lollipop was at 3.3 % at the beginning of March which is right now, so Marshmallow is 1% behind Lollipop

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The worst part is that Lollipop still exists.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Yes, N seems like a big upgrade. I hope it won't have the performance issues like lollipop.

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

How about Vulkan?

9. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Destroyed by Red Matter. Very sad.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Marshmallow already supports Vulkan We just need OEMs/hardware venders to update their drivers to support it

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Thanks!

15. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I'm curious to see if Open GLs 3.2 can compete with Apple's Metal 2.0, PA should make an article about this!

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Ooh and with Vulkan!

17. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

I'm confused, isn't ART an ahead of time compiler, instead of JIT compiler? Want that the whole point of switching to ART?

18. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Wasn't*

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