A lot of us haven’t even got to use the latest version of Android – MarshMallow, launched on October 5, 2015 – and another version has already been released, albeit only a Developer Preview.
The Developer Preview of MarshMallow’s successor, Android N, was released earlier than expected for good reasons.
Firstly, the Android team wants to have ample time to incorporate developer feedback, so the release had to happen about two months before the expected announcement date – Google I/O takes place in May 2016.
Another reason for the really early release is to allow the Android team to hand off the final N release to device makers this summer, so that they can get their hands on the latest version of Android earlier than ever.
The Android N Developer Preview comes with a few APIs and features which are really amazing. One of such feature is Multi-window. With Multi-window, your activity can be launched in split-screen modes on phones and tablets.
You can check out the other cool features by visiting the official Android Developer blog. By the way, one developer has already started using Android N and he think it’s better than MarshMallow by a mile – no, farther than a mile.
If you’re a developer and you feel up to it, you can join the Android Beta Program to start testing the Android N. As the N get closer to a final product, consumers will be invited to try it out as well.
The N Developer Preview includes an updated SDK with system images for testing on the official Android emulator and on Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as on General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices.
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