Friday, March 18, 2016

What are the Best of the Android n Features?

Mobile app developers are keenly waiting for the Google I/O summit which is just a few months away from now. Much excitement has already been built around the upcoming I/O summit. This May 18, Google has to announce to unveil Android N which will indeed be a big update for Android powered devices.

Here is the early look of Android N’s redesigned Notification share and quick setting panel.

Once again speculations are floating in the whole tech world about what will the N stand for? Of course, it’s natural.  Some suggested names for Android N could be Nectar, Nougat, or possibly even Nutella. Whatever the next Android is named for, it’s sure Android 7.0 OS will come loaded with several unseen, unheard features. Here we will check some confirmed and rumored features of Android N 7.0.

Multi-Windows Mode

During a Reddit AMA with the Pixel C team, Google’s Product Director Andrew Bowers said that Android N would have multi-window mode."We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday. But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!" revealed Bowers at the time.

However, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow does already have the support for in the multi windows but in the Android N, it may be more polished.

OpenJDK Instead Of Java APIs

Oracle is rewriting the Java APIs and because of particular reason, Google has decided to move to OpenJDK for Android N. The OpenJDK is still the part of Java Development Kit but is an open source technology. Google has already confirmed that it is planning to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based approach. By doing this Google will create a common code base for Android developers engaged in app development.

Improved Tablet Support

Glen Murphy who is a member of Pixel C team said in in the same AMA "a range of enhancements for this form factor" was also in works. It’s being referred to multi screen support. However, nothing was elaborated by Murphy but experts are speculating with this message that Android N would have support for tablets. With this enhancement, app could be better optimized for tablet with tailored navigation buttons and many other things.

Stock Stylus Support

It’s expected that Google may bring stock support for styluses in Android N. Samsung has already hinted at this possibility when it let the primary S Pen features from the Look API were retired.  Samsung says on its developer page that a number of API S-Pen features will be deprecated in the Android N.

It feels that Samsung is making the feature obsolete because Google is bringing the same stock support in Android N.


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