Android N Update Features: Multi-Window, Stylus, OpenJDK Support & More

Android N Update Features: Multi-Window, Stylus, OpenJDK Support & More
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Google and other OEMs have yet to ensure that all intended gadgets are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are now reports saying that Google will be releasing another update labeled as Android N.


According to several reports, Google will release the Android N during the Google I/O conference. There is no name yet but looking at Google’s tradition, the next update is touted to have a sweet name. According to Tech Worm, Google has confirmed several features of the 7.0 update, which includes multi-window mode, enhanced tablet support and the move to OpenJDK from Java APIs.

Previously, Andrew Bowers, consumer hardware director at Google said: “We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday. But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!”

There is already a stock version of the multi-window mode in Android Marshmallow, but it still needs polishing so Android N should be a good venue for Google to bring out the better version.

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Furthermore, the same event also led many to believe that Google is working on better tablet support.  Such functionalities like tablet optimized apps, custom navigation buttons, multi-tasking, tablet-specific System UI Tuner features and DPI switcher are among the expected priorities of Google in the upcoming update.

Another report from Know Your Mobile said that Google could be cooking up something because OEMs like Samsung are bumping up their memory. According to the report: “And then there’s Android N. Does Samsung know something we don’t about Android N? Could this next big update from Google be the one that ties Android and ChromeOS together? Might the Galaxy Note 6 run Android and then, once docked with the dummy laptop, boot up ChromeOS?”

“Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, it is an interesting thought all the same. It’d certainly explain why the Note 6 would need 6GB of RAM. Imagine all of Google’s Android partners being able to do something similar? Now THAT would be very interesting.”

Google has always dealt with fragmentation so this could be a possibility. Again, Google has not provided the official details of the Android N. All information about the update should be taken with a grain of salt until the official word comes out.