Posted by:Nithin Rao April 20th, 2016

Android N is in the news. As is tradition, the latest version of the Android OS will be named after a sweet treat ! Following in the illustrious footsteps of Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ince Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow is < cue the music> Android ‘N’ !

Well, till the official announcement later this year, we will have to contend with results from the internet polls that project Android Nutella or Android Nougat to walk away with the honors.

But, lets concentrate on what we do know as far as sweet news is concerned.

With the release of its latest version of the developer preview, Google seems to have empowered Android N with full VR support features. This is in line with Google expanding their push into virtual reality. According to Ars Technica, this preview suggests that apps will be able to register themselves as VR Listeners or VR helpers. Further permissions warnings also hint at apps being able to run when using applications in virtual reality mode.

Other sweet news :

  • Support for the new Vulkan graphics API has also made its way into Android, which means better gaming experiences and better quality games
  • New emojis based off Unicode 9 find a place in Android N
  • Also, Google is bringing support for Java 8 features to Android N. This allows developers to use native Java features using JACK ( Java Android Compiler Kit) while building applications
  • Scoped directories also make an entry. This ensures tighter security as apps that need access to a certain directory get access to just that instead of sweeping access
  • There is also a Data Saver feature in settings that lets the system block background data usage and tells apps to use less data in the foreground
  • Android N also has multi-window support on phones and tablets

With five preview builds in total that are expected before the actual release, let the sweet times roll in.

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