May 19th, 2016

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The 3rd developer preview for Android N went live soon after the Google IO 2016 keynote. Google showed off a graphic of all the new features in Android N, but now we have more official documentation of the changes in the 3rd update. This preview doesn’t have as many changes as the last two. The biggest thing to note is that Google says it’s a beta release, which means it should be much more stable.

VR Mode is another important addition to the preview. The new VR Mode allows VR apps to have access to an exclusive CPU core. Other apps that are running in the background won’t be able to limit the VR performance. A few other notable changes in this preview include sustained performance mode, multiprocess webview, keyboard shortcuts helper, framemetrics API, and more.

  • VR Mode for Android
  • Sustained performance mode
  • Multiprocess WebView
  • Keyboard Shortcuts helper
  • FrameMetrics API
  • Feature and API changes
    • Launcher Shortcuts and the Launcher Shortcuts API
    • WebView Javascript run before page load
    • WebView Geolocation on insecure origins
    • Data Saver
    • Number-blocking
    • Quick Settings Tile API
  • Fixes for issues reported by developers

Head on over to the Android N Developer Preview page to read the full changelog. What do you think of the newest Android N release? Google says the official public release will be available this Fall. Are you running the preview on your Nexus? Is this build as stable as Google says?

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