[Updated]: Android N Developer Preview 2 – Factory and OTA Images Download Links
Google has started seeding Android N Developer Preview 2 to its Nexus lineup. Following are all the direct download links to Android N Developer Preview 2. We will soon be sharing the guides and procedures to help you update and root the latest Android N Developer Preview on your own Nexus devices.
Download Android N Developer Preview 2
Last month, Google took everyone by surprise by releasing the first developer preview of Android N, two months ahead of its Google I/O developer conference. While Google’s Android N roadmap suggested that the second preview will only be an incremental update, today’s developer preview has brought in a number of new features and improvements.
Before going to the list of all that is new in the Android N Developer Preview 2, here are the direct download links for your Nexus devices.
Google has now also provided the OTA images for those who are already using Android N Developer Preview 1 for easier and faster update process.
Here’s all that is new in Android N Developer Preview 2:
- Vulkan: Vulkan is a new 3D rendering API which we’ve helped to develop as a member of Khronos, geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers and offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications. Vulkan’s reduction of CPU overhead allows some synthetic benchmarks to see as much as 10 times the draw-call throughput on a single core as compared to OpenGL ES. Combined with a threading-friendly API design which allows multiple cores to be used in parallel with high efficiency, this offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications. With Android N, we’ve made Vulkan a part of the platform; you can try it out on supported devices running Developer Preview 2. Read more here.
- Launcher shortcuts: Now, apps can define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker. These shortcuts contain an Intent into specific points within your app (like sending a message to your best friend, navigating home in a mapping app, or playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app).An application can publish shortcuts with ShortcutManager.setDynamicShortcuts(List) andShortcutManager.addDynamicShortcut(ShortcutInfo), and launchers can be expected to show 3-5 shortcuts for a given app.
- Emoji Unicode 9 support: We are introducing a new emoji design for people emoji that moves away from our generic look in favor of a more human-looking design. If you’re a keyboard or messaging app developer, you should start incorporating these emoji into your apps. The update also introduces support for skin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs, like the bacon, selfie and face palm. You can dynamically check for the new emoji characters using Paint.hasGlyph().
- API changes: This update includes API changes as we continue to refine features such as multi-window support (you can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for an activity), notifications, and others. For details, take a look at the diff reports available in the downloadable API reference package.
What’s fixed in Android N Developer Preview 2:
Android N Developer Preview 2 addresses bugs such as not being able to connect to hidden WiFi networks, Multiwindow pauses, and others.
We’ve resolved a number of issues throughout the system, including these fixes for issues that you’ve reported through the public issue tracker. Please continue to let us know what you find and follow along with the known issues here.