Google has announced the release of its new version of Android, codenamed Android N, which was presented last month and still in beta testing, and is available in a version for developers – Developer Preview 2.
In the new issue, according to the company, has been corrected such errors as inability to connect to hidden wifi networks (AOSP 203116), pause, multi-window display (AOSP 203424), the closure of direct responses (Direct Reply) to open the actions (AOSP 204411) etc.
In addition, in this release there are new features:
- Volcano (Vulkan) – new API for three-dimensional rendering, aimed at providing accurate, low-overhead, manage GPU (graphics processor) for developers, offering a significant performance increase when rendering heavy applications. Vulkan reduces the computational burden on the CPU in synthetic benchmarks showing a tenfold performance increase when processing function calls render on a single core compared to OpenGL ES. And in combination with convenient multi-threaded API that allows you to use a parallel multiple processor cores with high efficiency, gives a significant boost in rendering performance in severe applications.
- Shortcuts launcher (Launcher shortcuts): now the application can define the icons, which users can use the graphical interface for faster access to certain functions of the application. For example, a user can create a shortcut on the desktop with the inclusion of a certain TV channel from viewer online TV.
- Support for Emoji in Unicode 9: built-in support for graphical smileys Emoji in Unicode 9, including their display and keyboard input.
- Some API changes.
- Bugs fixing.