Last month, Google surprised everyone by launching an early build of Android N Developer Preview for Nexus devices. A week later, Google rolled out an incremental update for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P among others, with bug fixes and performance improvements. Today the company has started rolling out the Android N Developer Preview 2, which brings a host of performance improvements and new features including launcher shortcuts, Vulkan API 3D rendering, Emoji Unicode 9 support and more. Let s dive in to take a look at some of the new features in Android N Developer Preview 2. Also Read - Now you will have to pay a processing fee for mobile recharges on PhonePeAlso Read - Google cuts Play Store fee to 15 percent for all subscription apps from 2022
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The new developer preview version brings the ability for add app shortcuts to the launcher. For instance, you can add a shortcut to quickly send a text to a specific contact, easily start navigating to home in the mapping app, load the game from where you left or play the next episode of your favorite TV show.
Google has also added circular icons for folders and clear all button in the app switcher menu. Now you can also add a calculator shortcut in the notification panel along with quick toggles such as mobile data, Wi-Fi, brightness control among others.
The new 3D rendering API called Vulkan replaces the standard OpenGL ES. With multi-threading support, would allow developers to get a significant boost in performance for games and apps that demand heavy graphics. The API reduces the CPU overhead, allows multiple cores to run parallel for to efficiently able to use smartphone s resources and deliver smooth performance.
Emoji Unicode 9 support:
The new Emoji Unicode 9 brings skin tone variations and new human and activity emoji such as selfie, face palm, selfie, cycling and more.
New Setup Screen:
Now, when you setup your smartphone for the first time, you get a new list of options besides adding emails. This includes voice and search actions for OK Google detection, show or hide lock screen notifications and install additional apps.
The Android N Developer Preview 2 also addresses bugs where multi-window used to pause randomly, force close in Direct Reply and where some users weren t able to connect to a hidden Wi-Fi Network.
How to update?
If you already have the Android N Developer Preview installed in your Nexus smartphone, you simply need to head over to Settings > About > Software Update. And for those who aren t a part of the developer preview program yet, they need to enroll here. After enrolling, you will get an update notification on your Nexus device.