Google revealed the development of its upcoming mobile operating system -- Android N -- earlier this year. Even though the final version of the firmware won't be released until summer, many gadget lovers can now experience its new features. Here's the latest about Android N features, release date and download.
Before downloading the Android N, make sure that you have one of the following devices:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 9
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus Player
- Pixel C
- Sony Xperia Z3
If you own of the devices above, then you can finally see the features of Android. However, before we proceed, you should make a backup of your data avoid problems. To do this go to Settings > Backup and reset and make sure both Back up my data and Automatic restore are enabled. You can also connect your device to a PC to save files.
To get the Android N, you have to enroll your device at Google's Android Beta portal. You just have to enter your email address or Gmail account to get the operating system. After that, you'll receive new OTA (Over The Air) updates every week until the full Android N becomes available. Take note that the firmware is still in development stages so some features might not become available.
For users of Sony Xperia Z3, they can get the Android N at Sony's N Developer Preview program.
CNET gave interesting details about the new features of Android N. Google's upcoming software offers Multiwindow mode. With this feature, you can look at two apps at once. That means you should be able to watch videos on Youtube while browsing Facebook. Multiwindow will also definitely increase the productivity of Android N users.
The notifications have been revamped in Android N. Things are much tighter and neat visually. You can also expand notifications to see more information and take action. Another cool feature is the ability to control how you'll see alerts from your apps.
Furthermore, Android N comes with bundled notification feature. If your notification menu always looks messy, this feature is a great help. You'll see a bundle of notifications from each menu and app, and you'll just have to press the bundle to check each alert.
With that said, it is expected the fully functional Android N will become available to public sometime this year.