Editor in Chief
- Jan 5, 2011
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
- A Picture-in-Picture for Android TV.
- Direct replies will let users respond to notifications, and they won't even need to open the app
- Unicode 9 emoji support - emoji that look much better