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Android N preview may be released for non-Nexus devices

by Jacob Kleinman | April 7, 2016April 7, 2016 8:20 am PST

The Android N preview is currently only available for a handful of stock Android devices, including the latest Nexus gadgets, but that may be changing soon. A bit of code on Google’s developer website suggests the beta software could be expanding to even more products.

The HTML text notes that a version of the Android N preview for consumers could support even more devices. That includes products from Google’s OEM partners, which could expand the test to pretty much any device. However, we assume the company will still put some restrictions on who can run Android N, possibly restricting it to less modified versions of Android.

Google also hints at a more seamless over the air (OTA) update for devices. So, in the future, you may be able to easily transition from an Android preview to the final release without needing to flash any software onto your phone.

Android N is a pretty big update. It finally brings native split-screen support to Google’s operating system, along with an improved version of Doze and some changes to the way notifications work. There’s also a new “freeform windows mode” that resembles a traditional desktop OS, though getting the experimental feature to work takes some extra effort.

Google already confirmed plans to bring the Android N preview to consumers this year, but didn’t reveal much information beyond that. We may learn more next month at the company’s I/O developers conference, including which devices will support the next preview.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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