Google released the Android N Developer Preview 2 with features such as Launcher Shortcuts, new emojis and Vulkan APIs. The company had earlier launched the Android N Developer preview for the Nexus devices. Android N is popular for the features such as Multi-Window support, Bundled Notifications, Switch between apps more easily, Quick Settings, Night Mode and Data saver.
Android N Developer Preview 2 includes
Vulkan: Vulkan is a new 3D rendering API which we’ve helped to develop as a member of Khronos, geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers and offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications. Combined with a threading-friendly API design which allows multiple cores to be used in parallel with high efficiency, this offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications.
Launcher shortcuts: Now, apps can define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker. These shortcuts contain an Intent into specific points within your app.
Emoji Unicode 9 support: We are introducing a new emoji design for people emoji that moves away from our generic look in favor of a more human-looking design.
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API changes: This update includes API changes as we continue to refine features such as multi-window support (you can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for an activity), notifications, and others.
Android N Developer Preview 2 is available for download for General Mobile 4G(Android One), Pixel C, Nexus 9,Nexus Player, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 devices. The stable version of Android N will be available in Q3, 2016.
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