Google launches Android N Developer Preview 3 with VR and seamless update

Google launches beta version of Android N Developer Preview 3

Google has just released Android N Developer Preview 3, a build that would be the first “beta quality” which would be made available later said the search giant at the keynote at Google’s I/O developer conference. You can download the new preview from here, and start testing your apps on this platform. You can get the factory images very soon on the devices mentioned here:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi only and LTE models)
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C
  • General Mobile 4G (Android One)

According to Google, the DP3 should be stable enough to use as a daily driver. Major additions not only include VR Mode’, ‘Sustained Performance’, and ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’, among other development-centric things, smaller changes across the board, but also squashes several bugs and adds many new features for developers and users alike. Particularly, Sustained Performance sounds like great for gaming and other extreme applications that task the hardware with extended sessions at near-peak performance. This granular information is intended to help developers create apps that avoid performance fluctuations over time.

Also, another addition is VR mode, a new mode within Android that will manage CPU and GPU usage while you are using Google Cardboard or other VR platforms and apps. This makes it so that other apps on your phone doesn’t use up all the power you need to make for a low-latency VR experience. Google says this brings 100ms of latency on the Nexus 6P during Cardboard usage down to 20ms, which is a really important difference.

Further, the other new addition is a seamless update process that can download OTA updates in the background when they are available. In other words, Google will basically apply the update the next time you reboot your phone and bring it on the latest software, without you having to follow a series of menu clicks in the Settings menu. The updates are rolling out as version NPD35K and is already popping up on devices who are a part of the Android Beta program.

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Kavita Iyer
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