Approximately 6 months has past since the latest Android version, codenamed “Marshmallow”, was initially released and Google is already hard at work baking their next tasty snack.
Android N Features Highlights
Multi-window – similarly to Windows 8, 10 or iOS 9, Android N will rid you of the need to use a 3rd-party “hack” in order to achieve multi-tasking.
Launcher shortcuts – apps are able to define shortcuts which you could use in order to “jump” straight into a specific point within the app (navigating home in a mapping app, playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app, etc..).
Bundled notifications & direct reply notifications – multiple notifications from a single app can be bundled as a single group that can be expended when needed.
Direct reply notifications allow you to respond quicker to incoming message notifications without leaving the notification “shade”.
Vulkan – a new 3D rendering API, offers a significant boost in graphic performance. (read more about Vulkan here)
Efficiency – improved battery savings whenever your device is stationary or the screen turns off.
New people Emoji – a new emoji design that moves away from generic look in favor of a more human-looking design.
Despite adoption rates of Marshmallow (Android 6) hasn’t really soared thus far, Android N is tentatively scheduled to be released somewhere in mid 2016, which means about 2 months from now.
Considering the updates planned for the N release, in terms of performance at the least, it should be a pretty big leap over it’s predecessors – well worth the upgrade.