Google reveals first Android N features

landscape-1457598280-android-n-multiwindow-650-80

We still don’t know which sweet treat it will be named after, but Android N’s latest features have been revealed in a developer preview build.

Google has given the first hint of how its brand new operating system will change the look and feel of your phone and tablet.

First up, we have multi-window view, a feature that levels the playing field with rival operating systems iOS 9 and Windows 10.

This allows users to run two apps side by side, boosting their productivity. It has also paved the way for picture-in-picture video viewing.

Meanwhile, notifications have been revamped to make them more rich and detailed, and allow users to reply to them directly.

gallery-1457599112-android-n-1

 

Building on the work of Marshmallow, Google has refined the operating system’s Doze service – which switches off power-sapping features when the screen is inactive – to save even more battery life.

There’s also a data-saving mode that users can activate to prevent them from running over their monthly allowance when reserves are running low.

Marshmallow’s hardware demands were as low as possible to ensure that it ran on a wider range of devices and, with Android N, Google is aiming to reduce the memory demands even further.

Google is expected to reveal the final version of Android N at its I/O developer conference in May.

The web giant isn’t commenting on the rumour that the ‘N’ stands for Nutella, in case we spread it around.