Developers, start your Nexuses. (Nexii?) The third Android N developer preview just went live, wrapping in all sorts of new Android goodies announced at I/O.
If you’re already in the beta program, over-the-air updates have started flowing should be available in the update menu, Android lice reports. Or you can head over to ’s developer page grab the files directly for manual flashing if you’re impatient or new to the program.
The new developer preview is available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6 Nexus 9, Nexus ayer, xel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One), Sony Xperia Z3. Only the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6 xel C are Compatibility Test Suite approved, though, meaning that apps that rely on CTS (like Android y) will work as expected on those devices.
If you don’t know what that means, well, then the preview probably isn’t for you. This truly is intended for developers, unlike ndows 10 preview builds.
Here’ s a couple of the highlight features you’ll find in the new preview, which build on the features already found in the Android N Developer eview 2.
- VR mode—So you can start building Daydream VR apps that take advantages of Daydream’s unique features. The Daydream program, complete with specially designed VR headsets, will launch this fall.
- Sustained performance mode A—This lets developers underst how performance will behave when an app’s active for an extended duration, taking system-on-chip throttling into account once processor temperatures hit their peak. That more granular information is intended to help developers create apps that avoid performance fluctuations over time.
You’ll find other tweaks as well, like ’s new FrameMetrics A, an option to run bView web content in a separate sboxed process, more. also squashed a lot of bugs in this release, to the point that developers were encouraged to test it on their primary phones. (Be mindful of that CTS compatibility if you rely on Android y.)
This is considered the Android N beta release. Developer eview 4 will offer final As the official Android N software developer kit, while says Developer eview 5 will deliver “near-final system images for final testing” before the final release that’s scheduled for later this summer.