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Android N developer preview 2 released: Here’s what’s new (Updated: Gallery)

by Jacob Kleinman | April 13, 2016April 13, 2016 1:40 pm PST

Google just released its second preview of Android N for the developer community. Here’s everything offered in the latest release:

  • The Android N developer preview 2 includes a new API for 3D rendering called Vulcan, which should offer better performance at a higher efficiency. The update also includes new Launcher shortcuts to quickly perform various actions within a specific app.
  • Google is also changing its emoji design for what it calls a more “human-like” look. Developers working on messaging and keyboard apps can start updating their emoji now.
  • The update offers a few improvements to multi-window support, which is a major new feature for Android N. There are some bug fixes as well that should make for a smoother experience overall.

Android N is still only meant for developers, but if you have a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, a Pixel C or the General Mobile 4G from the Android One series you can try it out for yourself through the Android Beta Program.

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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...