Google announced an early build of the new Operating System Android N, on Thursday. The build is for app developers for testing purposes.
Generally, Google talks over its next generation of Android OS at the company’s annual developer conference in the summer. However, this year it has released the first draft earlier than before. Google decided to release the beta version earlier than usual so that the device makers could get the completed version as soon as possible.
“By releasing the first preview and asking for your feedback now (in March!), we’ll be able to act on that feedback while still being able to hand off the final N release to device makers this summer,”
Dave Burke, VP of Engineering of Android wrote in a blog post.
Android N will have a split-screen multitasking feature that lets users use two apps at the same time and information from the two apps can be copied across. Moreover, it also will come with some cosmetic changes to settings and notifications. The new software intends to improve battery life as well.
On the other hand, Google published statistics on Monday, that showed the previous version of Android – Lollipop, was more broadly used than the most recent variation. At present, less than 3% of Android devices run the most recent Operating System – Marshmallow. Around 36% of Android devices run Lollipop, with less than 3% running the more up to date Marshmallow.