Google Gives Developers an Early Peek of Its Future Android Update

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Preview of Android N

Google is letting developers get their hands on a preview of Android N way ahead of the usual schedule.

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The search engine giant typically releases its latest Android update to developers at the Google I/O conference at the end of May, giving time to explore the update and build with it before Google releases it to smartphone manufacturers in the fall.

"By releasing a 'work in progress' build earlier in development, we have more time to incorporate developer feedback," Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Google, said in a blog post. "Also, the earlier preview allows us to hand off the final N release to device makers this summer, so they can get their hands on the latest version of Android earlier than ever.

Here are a few sneak peeks of what's new with Android N.

Split-Screen Multitasking

The multi-window view lets two apps run simultaneously on the screen with the option to resize them and arrange the windows side by side or on top of each other.

Faster Switching Between Apps

It's now easier to bounce between apps -- simply double tap the recently used apps button to switch.


Notifications from a single app can now be grouped together. Users can then expand them to read their notifications and dismiss them.

Battery Life

A power-saving mode called Doze was launched with Android Marshmallow, the current update, allowing users to keep their system in a sleep-like state in order to conserve battery life. With Android N, Doze can also save battery life when a phone screen is turned off.

Now the question is, which sweet treat will Google name Android N after? A few options: Nougat, Nutter Butter, or perhaps even most appropriate: Nerds.