Android N Developer Preview 2 Now Available!
Android N’s 2nd Developer Preview is now out for eligible Nexus devices. This developer preview is a culmination of feedback effort from developers, and as such, has ironed out a few bugs:
- Not being able to connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks (AOSP 203116)
- Multiwindow pauses (AOSP 203424)
- Direct Reply closing an open activity (AOSP 204411)
Along with these fixes, the Second Dev Preview also adds on new features such as:
- Introduction and integration of Vulkan API for 3D rendering
- Launcher shortcuts on the default launcher: Shortcuts help perform specific actions quicker by providing easier access. Shortcuts contain an Intent for specific actions in the app, and providing these actions on the homescreen will improve UX by removing repetitive taps.
- Emoji Unicode 9 Support: The update now includes a People emoji which favors a more human-looking design, as well as adds in support for skin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs.
- API Changes: The Dev Preview update also contains refinements to previously introduced API’s. An example given is for Multi Window support, though you can find the other refinements by taking a look at the diff reports in the downloadable API reference package.
So, how do you get the 2nd Developer Preview on your eligible Nexus device? Google recommends enrolling for the Android Beta Program, after which you can receive these and later developer previews via Over-the-Air updates. If you are already enrolled in, look out for the OTA notification appearing on your device soon. And if you can’t wait at all, you can always download and flash the update manually.
The Android N Second Developer Preview is currently available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One). Update to the Nexus Player will come in a few days. This and all other Developer Previews are intended for developers to use and test their apps on. They are not optimized for battery and performance, and as such, are not recommended as daily drivers.
Have you installed the Second Android N Developer Preview? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!