Last month, Google released Android N‘s first developer version. The release had given us a sneak peek of all the new exciting features of the latest Android OS. Now Google has released the second developer’s preview of the upcoming platform as well.
Android N developer preview 2 has fixed most of the bugs that were identified by the users in the first preview. The bugs that were fixed include not being able to connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks, Direct Reply closing an open activity, and MultiWindow hanging among others. Google has released Android N Developer Preview 2 so that they can find and eliminate all bugs and flaws from the platform before it is officially launched.
What’s New in Android N Developer Preview 2
Last month Developer Preview has introduced a bunch of new features and upgrades. This included the split screen multi-tasking, bundled notifications, better customization features and many others. The preview two comes with a few new feature of its own.
Vulcan: A new 3D rendering API Vulcan is added to the latest preview. It will provide an explicit, low-overhead Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers. Vulcan is going to offer a significant boost for heavy applications as well.
Launcher Shortcuts: Applications now have the ability to define shortcuts which the user can place in the launcher for quick access. These shortcuts are going to open or run specific points of an application. For example, you can use it to directly send a message to a specified person, or navigate to a certain location on the map immediately.
Emoji Unicode 9 Support: A new Emoji design has been introduced in the Android N. The design favors more human-looking emojis instead of the generic designs. The update also introduces several skin tone variations. Google is inviting developers to incorporate this design into their messaging apps.
API changes: Some API changes have also been implemented that refine features like the split screen multitasking, notifications, and others.
Bug Fixes: Most bugs and issues that were reported by users in the previous developers preview have fixed.
How to get the Android Developers Preview 2
To update your Android device to the latest Developers Preview the easiest way is to enroll yourself in Android Beta Program. To do so just visit g.co/android beta and opt in your eligible Android device. If you have already enrolled in the program you will receive the updates shortly.
Currently, Android N Developers Preview is only available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, and General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices. For Nexus Player, the update to Developer Preview 2 will follow the other devices by several days.