Google had launched the Android N developers preview a while ago and it did come with some interesting new features like the split screen multitasking. Google has now made the second release of the Android N developer preview available. The preview can be obtained from this link and if you intend to flash the device here are the links for Nexus 5x, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C. However, we would suggest you to update via the OTA method.

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The first Android N developer preview was launched a month ago and being the first release it had a slew of bugs and unfinished features that could hamper your user experience. The Android team seems to have introduced three major features to the second preview and some of them are very thoughtful.

The new launcher shortcut is something that left me impressed, Android N users will now be able to choose up to five shortcuts for sub menus inside the app. Let’s say that you travel every month to a specific place and instead of going to the app and booking the ticket every time all you can do is just shortcut that flight.

Android N has implemented Vulkan, a new 3D rendering API aimed at treating the users with better graphics experience. The new API will also show off a significant improvement when it comes to handling heavy graphics on a single core as opposed to the OpenGL ES.

Microsoft has indeed taken a lead when it comes to Emoji but Android is not the one to be left behind. With Android N we will be getting support for Unicode 9. With this update the emoji’s will look more human like and will support more skin variations. The Android N release 2 also comes with some of the bugs fixed and for the known bugs you can head over to this link. That being said, we would still suggest to keep your hands off the Android Preview, especially if you use this smartphone as your daily driver.


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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.