At the I/O 2016 developer conference, Google announced the release of Android N Developer Preview 3 (beta) for its range of Nexus smartphones. Google also mentioned that the final version of the operating system will be released this summer. Soon after the announcement, HTC was quick enough to announce the first wave of smartphones that will be updated to the latest Android N OS.
Life is about to get a little sweeter. Android N will be coming to the HTC 10, HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9. pic.twitter.com/XzOEwTCVlU
— HTC (@htc) May 18, 2016
On its official Twitter account, HTC has posted a photo of three smartphones – the HTC 10, One A9 and the One M9 with a caption that reads, ‘Android N is Coming.’ However, while the Taiwanese company didn’t mention any timeframe for the same, it did mention that more details will be announced later when “Google ships Android N to manufacturers.”
The Android N update comes with bunch of new features and improvements – including the ability to quickly reply from notification panel, group notification for apps and circular icons for folders. The multi-window support also comes built in which allows you to run two apps side-by-side or top and bottom. Google has also done some background optimizations to doze mode to further improve the battery life. The apps will instantly hibernate when the screen is turned off.
Another feature is the improved data saver to block background data access to apps. An option to whitelist background apps is also present, letting you give background internet access to some apps that you need, such as Gmail, WhatsApp, Facebook and more.
Google has also added number blocking feature to block calls from unwanted numbers, and call screening feature to ensure that blocked and rejected calls don’t show up in notifications. Lastly, there is also always-on VPN for work related apps.