Google I/O 2016
With Android N, Google moved to a really totally different launch cycle in comparison with earlier releases. Whereas I/O is often the place for Google to share a primary take a look at new variations of Android, it truly launched a primary preview of N a couple of months in the past. This was additionally the primary preview of N to reach as an over-the-air replace, so much more individuals than ever earlier than have examined it already.
At the moment, the corporate is launching the third Android N preview launch and the primary one the workforce considers to be a “beta-high quality candidate.” Like earlier than, the brand new preview is out there on the Nexus 6, 9, 5X, 6P, Nexus Participant, Pixel C and Android One (Common Cellular 4G). If you wish to check it, you possibly can enroll right here.
Google’s VP of engineering for Android Dave Burke tells me he believes the working system is now learn for utilization in your foremost telephone and pill. In my expertise, even the primary preview releases have been fairly usable already, however Burke argued that whereas most individuals have been stunned by the standard of those early builds, the staff nonetheless discovered loads of present-stopping bugs to repair.
It’s no shock then, that a lot of what Google talked about at this time was already recognized. This consists of Android N’s multi-window help (which lastly makes tablets just like the Pixel C usable as productiveness instruments), in addition to its updates to the graphics API and the inclusion of a quick simply-in-time compiler that ought to end in vital efficiency positive factors.
It’s additionally no shock that Google didn’t present all its playing cards within the first previews.
New in Android N is a VR mode, for instance. This mode provides VR apps precedence entry to the CPU and GPU on a telephone and provides a few software program methods for making the latency between your head actions and the time updates to mirror this as brief as at present potential. Google claims these modifications convey down latency on a Nexus 6P with Cardboard from 100ms to underneath 20ms, which ought to end in a much more immersive expertise. Right here is our extra in-depth take a look at how this works and what it means for Android as a VR platform.
With this replace, Google can also be introducing a brand new replace course of. Android units will now quietly obtain an replace and set it up on the background so the working system merely has to modify between the previous and new picture if you restart your gadget. As an alternative of getting to attend for a couple of minutes to complete the replace, you now merely need to restart your telephone or pill and the working system mechanically switches to the brand new model.
That is the best way updates on Chrome OS already labored and Burke tells me the 2 groups labored collectively on this.
One change now’s that the telephone gained’t instantly immediate you to put in and replace, although. As an alternative, it can first wait so that you can restart your system. Burke says Google’s analysis exhibits that most individuals restart their telephones greater than as soon as per thirty days and that utilizing this course of on Chrome OS sometimes leads to ninety nine % replace charges inside a number of months.
After you’ve restarted your gadget and the replace has been utilized, Android additionally gained’t ask you to re-enter your password when you sometimes use a fingerprint scanner or different technique of authenticating.