Have you taken the plunge with Android N yet? The early developer preview version launched this week is far from the finished article but it should get more polished over time – and Google has already starting updating its mobile apps to play nicely with the new OS.
The changes should make powering through your notifications easier than ever. Android N also tweaks the visual look of the alerts on screen, which now take up the whole width of the display.
Betas and bugs
With a new version of Hangouts now in the wild you can expect to see apps like Gmail, Google Maps and Google Photos get the same treatment; and of course third-party app developers will be busy tweaking their own code as well.
There’s no doubt more to come from the as-yet-unnamed Android N, but it already offers improvements to notification handling and battery life, as well as a new multi-window mode for running apps side by side.
Anyone with a compatible device (a new-ish Nexus or Pixel C) can try out the Android N developer preview for themselves via the Android Beta Program – but the software is still prone to crashes and bugs, and isn’t suitable for a device you rely on.
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