It looks like Google is having a hard time settling on a name for Android N. Despite that hiccup, actual development is moving along rapidly. Here's a highlight of just a few of the deep improvements in Android N:
Performance improvements from the new graphics API called Vulcan - lower GPU overhead - software’s JIT compiler will make apps install 75% faster and the code size is reduced by 50%.
Improved security - includes file-based encryption, media-hardening framework and seamless updates (this means system images will download automatically without a dialog notification (should you leave that option on).
The apps carousel has been overhauled - recent apps beyond the last seven you used will be added to a list.
A ‘Clear All’ button
Split screen mode coming to both Android phones and tablets
A long tap on the square button lets Android N users open two screens at a time
Google is ramping up their campaign to eliminate Flash. They figured out a way to strip him of his speed force powers, and have teamed up with Eobard Thawne to implement their dastardly plan... Seriously though, Google really is planning the death of the ancient, defunct and insecure animation platform originally created by Adobe. HTML5 is far superior and far more secure, so there's really no reason to hold on to the old technology. All Flash does is open up users to malware and other security vulnerabilities.
Google's master plan involves shutting down the use of the Flash plugin in Chrome later this year in most situations. To help with the transition, Google plans to allow the top 10 websites which use Flash to continue to use it temporarily. This "whitelist" will include the following web-based companies:
The NVIDIA Shield Android tablet is the king of the hill when it comes to gaming and performance focused tabs. Eve though there isn't a huge market for tablet gaming, you know that NVIDIA is not going to rest on their laurels. They are a graphics technology company after-all. They gotta keep pushing that envelope, and it looks like they will be doing that this year.
The latest rumor suggests NVIDIA will bring out an all new Shield Tablet this year. Here's what is shown in the FCC filing:
The product’s model number is P2290W.
The product has micro-USB connectivity.
The product has support for both 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity
The product support for Bluetooth Low Energy support
The product measures 8.6 inches X 4.8 inches X 0.3 inches.
The product weighs 12.3 oz.
It wouldn't be too tough to speculate that the new version will also include a newer and more advanced CPU and GPU, and we would bet money it will probably...
Lenovo is apparently working on a gigantic Android tablet. A Lenovo tablet with an 18.4-inch display showed up on GFXBench. The device had the following model name, PB2-690N, and showed the following specs beyond just the huge display: