Google yesterday released the developer preview for Android N, which is easily available for anyone with one of the supported devices. Speaking of which, the preview is compatible with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C. While interested users with older devices might feel left out, there’s a glimmer of hope. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Google has been caught testing Android N on older devices like the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013). The folks at Android Authority also point to the mention of Android N preview code on Google’s repository for Hammerhead, which is the codename for the older Nexus 5 smartphone. It is too early to say if Google is only testing to see how Android N runs on older devices, or if they are in indeed in line to get the update. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
It’s all speculative at the moment, and you should only wait for the update if you have one of the Nexus devices selected by Google. It’s easier than ever before to test the new Android update before the final release. You only need to register your Nexus device on the Android Beta webpage and you will then receive Android N as an OTA update.
Android N comes with a bunch of improvements and new features. One of the highlights is the multi-window mode, similar to the one on Apple’s iOS 9. This feature essentially lets you run two apps side-by-side. Improved notifications not only let you reply directly without opening apps, but notifications from the same app are bundled together.
Other features being introduced on Android N include improved Doze battery-saving mode, Project Svelte, improved data saver, number blocking, picture-in-picture and call screening to name a few. Google is hosting I/O on May 18 this year, and that’s when it will give a more detailed look at Android N, as well as announcing the name of the operating system.