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Google io16 – Android N (Beta) Developer Preview 3 with VR Mode, Background Updates now available

Google has revealed some really interesting stuffs at the I/O 2016 that includes Allo and Duo chatting and video calling apps. They also released the 3rd Developer Preview of Android N with some new but very cool features. It is not just Preview, but Google even called it first beta-quality candidate which means it is even safe to install on your primary devices.

Android N is the next big update for Android devices which will be released in the near future. Just after Developer Preview 2 was released a month, Nexus devices users can now download and install Developer Preview 3 to test out all those new interesting features. In this preview update, Google has added seamless background updates, which means you wont need to leave your phone offline to get new updates. The OS will run the new updates in background without hampering your work. To describe the same, Google said: “The next time a user powers up their device, new devices can automatically and seamlessly switch into the new updated system image.”

Android N Beta

Android N also brings new Multi-tasking and Multi-Window experience. Now when you click the multitask button, twice, it directly switches you back to the previous app you were using. Doing the same will bring you to the current app. There’s much more. You can download Android N Developer Preview 3 right away for your Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9/9G, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices from the official website or Android Beta Program since it is a Beta candidate.

Here’s the complete list of new features added in Android N Developer Preview:

  • VR Mode for Android: Android N adds platform support and optimizations for a new VR Mode to let developers build high quality mobile VR experiences for users. Performance enhancements, including access to an exclusive CPU core for VR apps. Take advantage of intelligent head-tracking, and stereo notifications that work for VR. Very low latency graphics
  • Sustained performance mode: Android N includes optional support for sustained performance mode, enabling OEMs to provide hints on device performance capabilities for long running applications. App developers can then use these hints to tune applications for a predictable, consistent level of device performance over long periods of time. (Nexus 6P devices only)
  • Multiprocess WebView: Starting with version 51 in Android N, WebView will run web content in a separate sandboxed process when the developer option “Multiprocess WebView” is enabled. The WebView team is looking for feedback on compatibility and runtime performance in N before enabling multiprocess WebView in a future version of Android.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts helper: Android N lets users press Meta+/ to trigger a Keyboard Shortcuts screen that displays all shortcuts available both from the system and from the app in focus. Developers can add their own shortcuts or trigger the Shortcuts screen from their apps.
  • Keyboard Themes: 14 preset solid color themes and option to add your own image as the background for the keyboard.
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