Google rolled out its second preview for Android N earlier this week, and it comes with a bunch of new features that will definitely love by Android users. It is also reported that the second beta program will become available in different mobile devices. Now, here's the latest update about Android N release date for Google Nexus, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola and HTC.
Google's April update to its Android 7.0 N beta introduces innovative features and fixes for system bugs. One of the biggest additions is support for the Vulkan graphics API, according to Computer World. This headline feature helps graphics card to decrease the amount of background processing power drawn from CPU. It also boosts the system while users are running intensive 3D apps
Furthermore, the second preview brings new of set of emojis that represent different ethnicities around the globe. It also added Quick Replies feature to the lock screen, enabling users to reply on text and email on the device's lock screen, as per reports from Ars Technica.
As for the availability of Android N Developer Preview 2 to other devices, first-party Nexus devices have an exclusive access to the operating system. However, Google may expand the Developer Preview to other manufacturers' phones. According to Reddit user FUNExtreme, it is possible.
The Reddit user found a cryptic text in the HTML code of Google's Android N Preview page. In the "What's New" section, it states the Android N beta program could land to "more supported devices, including devices from OEM partners". It also added "seamless OTAs for your devices, from initial release to final N release without flashing".
As of now, Google has not yet announced its plans on expanding the developer program to other devices. But if the company decides to do so, the most likely candidates are the phone makers that have "stock" Android builds, such as Motorola.
Nevertheless, Google is expected to release three more build before launching the fully functional Android N system. The final build will be rolled out sometime in third quarter of the year.
For now, Android N preview is available for the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, and Pixel C tablet. For those who are using these devices under Marshmallow, you can get the update over the air by enrolling in the Android beta program. If you are already using the first developer preview, expect an over-the-air update shortly.