Android N Developer Preview 2 Now Available

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Google has just announced that the latest Developer Preview of Android N is now available and will be pushed out over the air to enrolled testers. The update brings bug fixes such as hidden WiFi connectivity, multi-window pauses, and direct reply issues.

The new update adds support for Vulkan which is a new 3D rendering API that is “geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers and offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications.”

Also included is support for launcher shortcuts, and Emoji Unicode 9 support, which bring in more human-like emojis. Developers of keyboard/messaging apps can begin to test these new emojis to ensure their app is ready for Android N’s official release.

With regard to API changes, multi-window support, notifications, and other features have been refined, and you can see all these changes in the API reference package.

To get the update, you can either enroll your device in the Android Beta Program, or you can flash the system images manually. You can find those images here. As per usual, preview images are not meant for daily use and should only be used to test apps against the new API’s.

The N Developer Preview is currently available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices. For Nexus Player, the update to Developer Preview 2 will follow the other devices by several days.

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  Source: Android Developers Blog
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