Android N Developer Preview 2 fixes multiwindow YouTube, here are the new features

Google just released the second edition of the surprising Android N dev preview that it issued out of the blue last month for geeks (and Nexus owners) to toy with while they wait for the full Android 7.0 version to be unveiled May 18th at the I/O conference.

As usual, the improvements include both bug fixes, and add new features or improve on existing ones. One such improvement is that YouTube doesn't pause now when running a video in the new multiwindow mode. Before, when YouTube wasn't the app in focus on the split screen, the footage went black, which was rather annoying, but now you can watch a clip, and do something else on the other half of the screen with no issues.

An interesting new option that was introduced in the dev preview changelog is also "dynamic launcher shortcuts," which sounds an awful lot like the 3D Touch feature on the latest iPhones. Here's Google's list of new options that arrived with Android N Developer Preview 2:

  • Launcher shortcuts: Now, apps can define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker. These shortcuts contain an Intent into specific points within your app (like sending a message to your best friend, navigating home in a mapping app, or playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app). An application can publish shortcuts with, and launchers can be expected to show 3-5 shortcuts for a given app.

  • Vulkan graphics support: a new 3D rendering API, geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers, and offering a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications. Android N makes Vulkan a part of the platform;

  • Emoji Unicode 9: New design for people emoji that moves away from our generic look in favor of a more human-looking design. The update also introduces support for skin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs, like the bacon, selfie and face palm.

    source: Google



1. Shocky unregistered

Might give this a try over the weekend, feedback seems mostly positive.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

me likes the facepalm emoji :D

4. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Still waiting for the flip off finger emoji.

5. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Launcher shortcuts sound pretty sweet

6. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Imagine if Google takes Apple approach like keeping Android for itself exclusively and makes Android devices alone, don't know what happen to Samsung, HTC or LG. LOL

7. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Google will be at loss. They'll be missing the revenue generated due to few hundreds of millions of Samsung phones, few tens of millions of LG and HTC phones.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Uh, they can't. It's open source. You understand what that means, right? Yes, Google develops Android on their own, and few people bother working on it from scratch because they're not multi-billion dollar companies with virtually unlimited talent and resources. That's why the modding community (like CyanogenMod and other XDA type stuff) uses Google's Android as a base (and in turn Google often implements fan-created features). Google makes their money from Android by charging manufactures an amount per device for the Play services (and app purchases, of course).

9. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Not to sure on that. I thought they generated revenue off of the search platform of course baked into Android. Not the operating system itself.

10. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Just found the answer and they don't charge any manufacturer anything. Android is free software. Profits are all based off of search related ad's.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

It was my understanding that while base Android itself is open source, Google's Android, or GMS(the one with Google's Android Services hat most major OEM's use)is not. It's totally controlled by Google. That how Google can make demands of OEM's using GMS Android, like they did with Samsung, and can't with "base" Android because that's the one that's open source(which is the version that Chinese OEM's and Amazon uses).

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's pretty close Google's AOSP is free and open source Google has their own version of Android for the Nexus devices (their own "skin") Google has Google Mobile Services (GMS), a free collection of their closed sourced apps and services, e.g. Play Store, Gmail, Chrome, Maps, ... OEMs make versions/skins based of Google's AOSP If OEMs want to use Google's GMS, they have meet Google's Android CDD and pass the Compatibility Test Suite (both of which Google control) If OEMs ignore it, they will have to make their own services (like you said, what Chinese OEMs and Amazon)

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Google's profits from Android are from Search Related Ads -- Android is a vehicle to drive Google Ads to your personal device... They feed off the personal data in your email, search topics, apps you use, and so on... to better serve their real customer that Companies that Pay Google for Ads to insure you see their particular ad... Android user is the PRODUCT in this case....

15. AlikMalix unregistered

It's never gonna happen, but I wonder what Android Phones would cost if Samsung, LG, HTC, and so on, had to build their own OS, maintain their own full App Store, and overall build up their own ecosystem, now that they cant smooch off FREE Android...

12. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

lol... already have multi window with samsung and youtube...

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