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Google launches Android N developer preview 2

Google Android N developer preview 2 now available for download
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One month after the first developer preview came out, Google unleashes a second Android N version for developers, featuring support for the Vulcan API, Unicode 9 emojis, and launcher shortcuts.

Google unveiled the first developer preview build of its next-gen mobile operating system last month and now the second iteration of Android N for developers is available. Although the official launch date is still pretty far ahead, the new build packs a few interesting features already.

Back in March, Android N developer preview delivered bundled notifications and the long-awaited Multi-windows mode, as well as many other things. Now, the time has come to add support for the Vulkan 3D rendering API, launcher shortcuts, as well as emoji Unicode 9 support with skin tone variations and glyphs like the bacon, selfie, or face palm. Various API changes and bug fixes are also included.

For now, this second Android N build is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C. The Nexus Player will get it in a few days as well. To test and build new Android N apps, one needs to use the same Android Studio version as for the first developer preview, namely 2.1.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04-14 (Update: 2016-04-15)