This Wednesday, March 9, marks a special day for tech companies. Most of them had just shared happy news of upgrades, acquisitions and of product releases. For Google, it just so happens to be the launch of the first Android N Developer Preview and the debut the Android Beta Program.
The preview, which can be downloaded at developer.android.com/preview, according to Venture Beat, includes an updated SDK with system images for testing on the official Android emulator. This is compatible on devices such as Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Player and Pixel C devices. The tech giant is also throwing in a discount of $150 USD on the Pixel C. This is to encourage more developers to help test the latest Android version on a tablet.
On a blog post by Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke, the Developer Preview of Android N was announced. It also stated that this year, the tech giant is doing things differently by releasing the preview earlier than expected. According to the post, by releasing a “work in progress” build early in the development, the company has more time to incorporate developer feedback.
It was also stated that the earlier preview allows the tech firm “to hand off the final N release to device makers this summer, so they can get their hands on the latest version of Android earlier than ever. We’re looking forward to getting your feedback as you get your apps ready for N.” Along with the blog post comes a few APIs and features highlighted by the company as part of the Android N Developer Preview which includes multi-window, direct reply notifications, bundled notifications, improved Java 8 language support and efficiency.
Google’s plans to update the Android N Developer Preview system images as often as it can during the Developer Preview program. And once the final product is closer to being accomplished, it will be inviting consumers to try it out.
Meanwhile, the new Android Beta Program will make it easier for developers to try out the new Android N on their developer gadgets. Developers can update their Android devices to the developer preview of Android N and receive ongoing updates via OTA by visiting the beta page.
Greenbot notes that the company typically waits hours after its Google I/O keynote conference to release the first version of a new preview build of Android. However, this time it is launching earlier and it is even launching before anyone has even secured their badges for the said annual event.
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