Google has started releasing Android N Developer Preview 4, bringing final APIs and official SDKs to developers. Today's release comes a month after Google announced the third Developer Preview (first stable beta) at the Google I/O developer conference last month. All the supported devices are getting the latest Android build NPD56N. Supported devices include Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus Player, Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G (Android One). You can now download Android N Developer Preview 4 factory images and OTA files for all the supporting devices.
With the final APIs out, developers can start publishing apps with support for API level 24 on Google Play in alpha, beta, and production release channels. Here are some of the new feature changes in Android N DP4:
- In previous versions of Android, an app activates with all of its locale resources loaded before locale negotiation begins. Starting in Android N DP4, the system negotiates resource locales individually for each resource object before the app activates.
- As announced at Developer Preview 3, we’ve deferred the Launcher Shortcuts feature to a later release of Android. In Developer Preview 4, we’ve removed the Launcher Shortcuts APIs.
- We’ve changed the BLE Scanning behavior starting in DP4. We’ll prevent applications from starting and stopping scans more than 5 times in 30 seconds. For long running scans, we’ll convert them into opportunistic scans.
- The Multi-Window android:minimalHeight and android:minimalWidth attributes have been renamed to android:minHeight and android:minWidth.
Download Android N Developer Preview 4 Factory Images
You can download Android N Developer Preview 4 factory images from the following links for all the compatible Nexus devices. Follow this guide to flash NPD56N on Nexus 6P, 5X, and other Nexus devices.
Android N Developer Preview OTAs
If you already have Android N Developer Preview installed on your devices, you can also quickly update to the latest DP 4 using the OTA zip files. Following links will help you with installing the Android N Developer Preview 4 using OTAs.
You can also go to Settings > About Phone > System updates to check for updates, if you are part of the Android Beta Program.
For more details, please visit official developer site.