Android N: Google reveals future of the OS

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The latest preview of the next version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android N has been released, having the following features:

  • Increased battery life
  • Better notifications
  • Split-screen multitasking

The developer preview of the new version of android is released by Google at the end of May at the company’s developer conference, Google I/O. They design it to let the developers build new parts and to test their apps to take full advantage of new features in android before its release to smartphone manufacturers in October.

While this year, it has been started by Google two months early, allowing the users test new features with a developer and a beta build.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Head of Android, said:

“It’s earlier than ever and it’s easier to try and we’re broadening the ways for all to give us feedback. We want to hear from all and repeat on the platform with you – that’s what makes Android stronger.”

We have a hope that this earlier preview would allow significant testing and the manufacturers will be provided with the new Android version earlier this year. And with this, the only devices running the new version of Android would be Google’s Nexus smartphones and tablets.

The new preview strategy also provides us with a look at what’s the main changing in the most used mobile operating system in the world.


The introduction of a split-screen multitasking view named as Multi-Window is the main change, with which two apps can run on the same screen.

  • With the split-resizable using a central slider, much like the
  • Microsoft’s split-screen mode introduced with X Apple’s iOS
  • 9, these apps can be run side-by-side or one above the other.

Faster app switching:

To switch to the previously used app the users will be able to double-tap the recently used apps button without opening the recently used apps list. Thus speeding up bouncing between apps.

Sleep and zoom:

To help prohibit the phones from keeping people awake the Night mode that hinders blue wavelength will be enforced by Android N.

By using new Android N’s zoom slider users will be able to modify the size or text of the icon on screen, which will help those who need a little magnification to know what’s going on.


Group notification from a single app would be shown by Android N. Various apps already do this, including Google’s Gmail app which collects messages together as they come in and then the user is allowed to dismiss them as one or expand them for reading.

Like Google’s quick reply attribute, Android N will also allow the users to bash out replies to text messages straight from the notification shade without having to enter the app.

Google hopes to launch the latest version of Android 6 Marshmallow in the same way.


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Tanya Jones
Tanya is a senior reporter for JBH News Sports & Tech section. She graduated from York College, City University of New York in 2012.