Google released the first Android N preview for developers in early March, and just a month later, the internet giant has come out with the second preview for the next major Android update. The new preview resolves bugs with connecting to Wi-Fi, MultiWindow and more, in addition to new features.
These new features include access to the new Vulkan rendering API, which allows developers to directly access a device’s GPU for improved performance in graphics-intensive titles. According to Google, the new API can offer almost a jump of 10 times the performance offered by the regular OpenGL ES API. The Vulkan API was introduced with Marshmallow, and it is now a default part of Android N instead of being a separate rendering interface.
Other changes in the new Android N build include the option to create home screen shortcuts to specific functionality inside apps, a more human-looking design for emoji, and the ability for developers to define a maximum and minimum height for their apps when they are running in MultiWindow mode. The second preview is supported for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and the Pixel C, and also for Android One devices from carrier General Mobile 4G.
Android N’s final debut is expected to take place a tad before Google usually releases newer versions of Android. The dessert name it will carry is a mystery at this point, but it should come with version number 7.0.