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...
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23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hah nice crying

9. michaelny2001

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

damn... the android N is coming up soon and i don't even have Marshmallow on my Note 4 for AT&T. still stuck on lollipop with 2 second lag on the pin unlock. :-( Android N maybe summer 2017. WTF?

26. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

U talking about note 4? My note 5 is still waiting for marshmallow update.. samsung update come late but this time it just pure bulls**t -_-

56. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

If they release marshmallow for older devices, who is gonna buy S7?? Its all about business..

11. tyrionTheWise unregistered

So basically only one change(split-screen). I guess android updates are getting less and less relevant these days in terms of feature set. Google should focus more on vertical integration and battery optimization. 1 change per year doesn't sound good when IOS absolutely destroys android in optimisation, app quality, gaming, audio, battery efficiency and basically everything. The only thing android has going for it are customization and features.

16. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

LmaoLmao. 5 hour battery efficiency? Expensive beats headset audio? Gaming at 720p? Expandable storage? Higher resolution support?

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

None of the things you listed have anything to do with iOS. Typical android fanboy stating issues of iPhone as issues of iOS. For your information, iPhone 6s plus games at 1080p which has better textures than any Android phone as games on iOS are coded better. Those QHD phones don't run games at QHD genius. Beats audio/expandable storage/high resolution support has nothing to do with iOS. Remember that IOS runs on even the super high resolution iPad pro. I think you just lowered the IQ of the sole comment section with the stupid comment. You sir, are a stupid blind android fanboy.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They also added Java 8 for devs and worked on Project Svelte also, there is probably more.

57. vincelongman

Posts: 5655; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google are doing basically exactly what you want Supposed Google have signed a deal with HTC to make Nexus phones for 3 years, rumors are they wanted "Apple-like" control and vertical integration Project Svelte - optimisation and battery efficiency Improved Doze - battery efficiency Key Attestation - security Newer JIT/AOT compilation - app quality Data Saver - battery efficiency Accessibility enhancements - night mode, color temp control, custom DPI, quick toggles customisation OpenGLâ„¢ ES 3.2 API - app quality/gaming (Vulkan is already supported at OS level in 6.0, but hardware vendors need to update their drivers) Java 8 - app quality Doesn't seem like there are any major improvements in audio, but they've been improving audio latency constantly in 5.1 and 6.0 (although slowly) App quality and gaming aren't really what Google can control directly There were rumors that Google were going to get involved with SoC design though.

59. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Android has been doing these project butter/svelte for years now, but still performance gets worsened with each update. Their own apps like 'google play services' is the root of all evil, running constantly in background giving all your data to google, while consuming resources and battery. Android doesn't even get notifications properly. To get them, a process of the app needs to be in RAM, hence consuming way more battery than iOS. Google removed the timer on notifications with lollipop, which led to all the issues we have today. These are all powerful words. Kinda like Sony does with their phones. But the end result is always crap. android is as untamed as it was a few years ago, if not worse. Any phone will run better on kitkat rather than lollipop or marshmallow. And the biggest issue is yet to be addressed: fragmentation. Except Nexus devices, all other devices get late updates, if at all. Up till February, kitkat had the largest market share. And google is reeasing android N preview when adoption of marshmallow is less than 2.5%. I think it's time to give up on google. Android can't game, can't play audio and doesn't even have close to the quality of apps as app store. I guess those are all the things one does on a phone. Sure, you have more control, but what good is it if iOS is going to run better even if you do all the tinkering.

60. vincelongman

Posts: 5655; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe on TouchWiz But stock Android is only getting faster on my Nexus 5 Meanwhile iOS 9.2 on my iPad Mini 2 performs worst than my brother's 2013 Moto G

61. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I have used Nexus 5X and it doesn't feel remotely as fast as my S6. Maybe google is doing some good development on nexus 5 in particular. Anyway, when I talk about android, my experiences are regarding moto X(2014), which I own. I have experienced kitkat on it, lollipop and now marshmallow. Marshmallow is definitely better than lollipop but still nowhere as efficient as kitkat.

62. vincelongman

Posts: 5655; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But the Nexus 5X is slow because of its SD 808 Also considering its $400, verus the S6 which is $650 The 5X got major performance improvements in the March Security update So hopefully its on par with the Nexus 5 and 6P now I can still get the same SOT with Marshmallow as that I got with Kitkat after That's kinda impressive considering my battery is over 2 years old now

66. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Nexus 5x and s6 cost about the same (32 GB for both) where I live. So the point is moot.

65. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And still my S6 runs just as nice as my wifes iphone 6.......You are just another retard fanboy....

67. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Iphone 6 runs like crap on IOS 9. So does my s6. So yes, you're right.

19. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

lol Android N preview is out and im still sticking with 5.1.1,whats wrong with this world?

22. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

SAME I have an S6 and Samsung is taking forever to give the Sprint S6 6.0.1......

36. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

What's wrong with this world? It's wrong that I'm still on KitKat, that's wrong!

20. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Putting this on my N9 as soon as I get home!

21. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Sooooo what touch wiz as done years ago (s4, s5, s6)? But no every Nexus user calls TouchWiz stupid....

35. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

This is true, Nexus fanboys are sometimes even worse than iOS fanboys

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What I never understood about all these OEM like Apple, Microsoft and Google for example who all have made other operating systems, how is it that smartphone didnt have splitscren caoabilities from day one. Yes small smartphones the concept would have been dumb. But such capabilities already existed in the OS. Windows CE is basically a stripped down desktop Windows varient, IOS is a stripped down variant of OS X and Android is also a NIX based operating system that like the other 2 supports multi-windowing capabilities. Why did they remove this? Could they not have just kept this in the code and be used on a case by case basis? Example, the Galley + email. Even on a small screen having both and being able to drag a picture from your gallery into a text or email woudl have been useful no matter what size the screen.

47. Shocky unregistered

Multiwindow only becomes useful with larger displays, on a 24-27" display I can have two windows open and work normally without compromising too much in terms of resizing or scrolling without any difficulty reading text. . On a 30" display I don't need resizing or scrolling at all do to increased resolution and comfortable size. Anything smaller than these down to around 15" and it's not ideal for productivity and it's better to have multiple displays. Considering this it makes perfect sense this wasn't included on mobile devices, it's only being added now due to pressure, once its added nobody will care because nobody will use it.

30. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I say Nutella.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The first iPad shoudl have supported split-screen. The fact it didn't is dumb and suspect. After all iOS is a OS X variant and supports multi-windowing like Windows. In the past, phone screens were simply too small for such, but the tablet never was. The problem was Apple was lazy and simply shoved iPhone OS onto the iPad without using the benefits of the screen size. Something that has lasted on the iPad for years even though several Samsung tablets have all offered multi-windows capabilities, which no other OEM has. In recent years Apple has copied a lot of things from Samsung specifically, and yet Samsung hasn't raised one hand to take Apple to court. Why? Because these features are designed to enhance the use of a phone and should be something we all share. The one feature Samsung copied which Apple totally screwed up was one-handed mode. But I think they counted do it the way Samsung did it because it is patented. Even in the above photo, you can see Google native way isnt exactly the was Samsung offers it. But the iPhone 6 models...all of them should have split screen by now. Considering the S3 with it 4.3" display had it.

45. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest, split screen, even multi-window, including hundreds of features were all on Jailbrake commuinty before samsung, android, or w/e had it... I bet you samsung and others dig around the cydia store for ideas all the time...

53. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

you mean it was available in 2012?

54. AlikMalix unregistered

Jailbraking started in 2007 with the original iPhone before android ever decided to be a touchscreen instead of a BB physical keyboard type device.

33. Valoni

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

When should google to add battery percentage in the status bar ?!!!
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