Google has announced the release of Android Nougat 7.1 developer preview. This release has been rolled out for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C range of smartphones. This new mobile operating system update comes with a host of features and updates to enhance your mobile experience.
Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system powering smartphone, IoT devices, set top boxes, cars and more. This announces comes in preparation for the update to the current general available Android versions 6.
Highlights of Android Nougat 7.1
The Vulkan API for high-performance 3D graphics will now be available for supported devices. On top of that the new JIT compiler improves runtime device performance. Coming soon with Daydream and Daydream-ready phones, VR is now supported when in VR-mode.
Battery and data use is now better managed with Dose and Data saver. When activated, apps running in the background will not be able to access cell data while the battery will be conserved when the phone is idle in the pocket.
There is now a split-screen mode which will allow you to work on two apps simultaneously as well as quick switch between apps by double clicking the icon. There is also a picture-in-picture mode which allows you to continue watching your video while changing settings or checking your messages.
There is also a whole new set of Emojis including those in Unicode 9. Usability features have also been improved as well as notifications. Privacy and security also get major updates as well as improved language support including 25 new languages.
There is a new Work mode which allows you to turn on and off your device’s work apps and notifications. That way you can now once again leave your office and enjoy your personal life more.
The software development kit (SDK) for this API version is available through the SDK manager in the Android Studio integrated development environment (IDE). As of this publishing, the Images for supported devices are not available yet through the Android website.