Google introduces Android N Developer Preview

Google introduces Android N Developer Preview
Google has started rolling out the Android N Developer Preview today. We weren't expecting Google to make this available until May during Google I/O. And to make it easier on developers, Google is sending the Android N Developer Preview to them via an OTA update. By pushing the preview out earlier than usual, it will give Google extra time to listen to feedback and make changes.

With five previews of Android N scheduled before the final version is released in Q3, Google is hoping to hand over Android N to device manufacturers during the summer. Returning to the preview seeded to developers today, it is far from a finished product and more new features will be added as Google works on Android N.

If you own the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Pixel C, you can sign up later today to receive the preview on your device. Note that the Nexus 5 is not included. Once the preview is installed on those devices, you will receive future updates. While the page is not yet live (it will be later today), you can sign up at Or, you can flash the system image for each of the above mentioned devices by going to

Some of the changes now seen in the Developer Preview include the addition of a native split screen for phones and tablets. Picture-in-picture capabilities are also coming to Android with the new build. "Direct Reply Notifications" allows developers to build in a feature allowing users to reply to incoming notifications directly from the notifications shade. And Android N will improve on Doze by allowing the feature to save more battery power when the screen is off. Additionally, Google is working on making apps run in the background more efficiently to reduce the operating system's consumption of memory.

One new feature, Data Saver, will allow Android users to reduce the use of data by apps running in the background, and tries to reduce data consumption when an app is running in the foreground. This is accomplished by "limiting bit rate for streaming, reducing image quality, deferring optimistic precaching," and other methods.

Google did not reveal what dessert or candy the "N" represents. On Google's blog announcing the release, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s SVP for Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, said that he was "nut tellin" us yet what the "N" stands for. There's your first clue right there.

source: Google via TechCrunch



1. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Wow so many new features... Evil Apple will definitelly copy that down to the color palette like with iOS 9 ! PS: Does it have Night shift yet ?

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

ios already has some of those features.

5. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i think he was joking.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hard to tell when someone is joking on PA, with all the Apple haters and people that are always saying one company is copying another. You just never know when someone is being serious or not.

32. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Doesn't that apply to any forum anywhere? Not just PA?

42. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No but it does apply to most tech forums I guess.

58. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

N is for Nutella. Confirmed!

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Umm I don't think any iOS fan want's to get into a count of features per OS lol.

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm a fan of both Android and iOS so I know how many more features and android device is capable of having over an iOS device.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

EXACTLY. Because I can go an get a Galaxy S4, which still has more features than today's iPhone on some level. I mean consider, the iPhone is almost 9 years old and yet it still can't do things Android phones did when they were first sold.

38. Unordinary unregistered

Lets actually grab the user data statistics from the S4 and see how many of those bloated gimmick features are ACTUALLY used on a daily basis lololol. Cry me a river.

41. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Bloated gimmick features, but at least Samsung actually takes risks and tries new things.

52. Unordinary unregistered

Risks like a sinking Samsung Pay checkbook? Investors aren't happy lol.

63. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well sammy pay is already speeding up alot faster than apple pay (yet another apple gimmick).....

69. Unordinary unregistered

False "data" previously derailed by other more reputable sources. Apple Pay is now at 32% of all active iOS devices running an Apple Pay phone/watch/iPad. Samsung is stagnant at 9-10% and Android Pay is also rising with Apple Pay. Like with Windows Mobile, obviously you're going to see something "growing faster" when your instal base is already low as sh*t. Samsung better get their sh*t together. Their tech is great.

49. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Would you stop making Android users look bad?

50. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You can't compare a lock down device with one that is open. That's no saying one is better than the other both have there strength and weakness. For example, Android's openness allow you to customize your device at the level of your expertise. However, this same customization feature make Android harder to develop app for. And this may contribute to the app quality gap between the two mobile OS. Bottom-line, there is no one size fit all solution. For some people, iOS is the prefer choice because they just want to consume the best apps, games and content while people like me like to customize. I especially despite ecosystem that tried to limit the way I manage my own data therefore I park my data outside of iOS and use it for entertainment.

55. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

@Techie If i phone does what android does? Then what is the difference between these two? There is a reason these two companies exist, because of different people and there choice...

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nice post. But they all really must borrow ideas from each other to stay relevant. Just remember, there is always only one original idea. None of these ideas are really copies. because they all offer some significant improvemnets. Example - Fingerprint readers have been on laptops for years. The IBM ThinkPad I'd say made them the most popular as for many years, it was the defacto standard for laptops in business. Swiping was the most known way to use them, but not the only way. Apple certainly offer a nice improvement, its just they didnt invent that improvement. The company they bought already had such. In fact ALL FINGERPRINT readers companies could do this. The iPhone made it easier because the home button was already large enough to add this without making a major design change to the phone. As one of yoru links said, the Galaxy S5 and the Note 4, though the reader work, it certainly wasn't as reliable as the one on the iPhone 5S, because Samsung was forced to stick with the swipe option because they type was working with this OEM, which about bought. This prevented OEM from using them because Apple restricted the hardware to their phones only. Samsung has to use the swipe reader on the S5 because they didn't have a choice. But a soon as the S6 was out, they had an option for the non-swipe required reader. Many of those other things have appeared on other phones too like Virtual Assistants. Remember Siri was an app first because Apple bought it, stole a chine UI for it and rolled it into the iOS code. But using voice as input has been aavailble on Windows for dictation for over a decade. Taking such an engine and droppign it into a phone simply makes sense. But most people dont care who did what first. They just want to argue around it. Most IOS fans wont honor the fact that many things they enjoy on the iPhone were done elsewhere and Apple simply used newer and improved versions of it. But all those options had a previous pre-historic backing. This is why I argue that Apple shouldn't be getting praised for such because the technology was created by someone else. Today's manufacturing standard have simply made those things more accessible, much easier to implement and is also cheaper.

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

100% agreed man, very well said. It's just irritating how apple has made all this nonsense talk of copying very common when they themselves are just-as guilty of what they accuse others of. Now iSheeps are carrying that same BS statement to every corner of the internet. I just find that the satisfying way make them shut up and not mislead anyone else is to point out their hypocrisy.

39. Unordinary unregistered

Why would I "honor" a previous feature if it was utter crap and not even well known because that lol? "Honoring" happens when someone comes close to mastering something previously poorly implemented, and many people love it, which happens quite often in my neck of the woods with Apple products. Sent from my 2015 MacBook, on the toilet.

64. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Absolutely true...

7. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No need for night shift ,store is full of apps to do that. Literaly 100s of apps to chose from , even ones that dim brightness to just 1-2 nits like Night Mode which is even turning individial pixels off on amoled.

40. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Real devs know that split screen is a hidden feature in android m

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011


10. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

I think so....

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

3-5 Stock android showing it's truely boring iOS-like limitations yet again. Long been using those on my OnePlus One since 2014...

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yet another time when article has nothing to do with iOS but you have so big butthurt about something that you have to bring Apple's topic every time

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, the iHypocrite proudly skipped the first comment, which brought iOS into the topic but was praising it, without a complaint. Then it came crying with it's butthurt 'cause I pointed out stock Android is limited like it's divine iOS...priceless hypocrisy.

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