Google has today officially announced the new version of Android, Android N. Just like with the L and M releases, there’s no nickname for this one just yet, however we do know what it includes. Android N will bring improvements to Doze, a redesigned notification panel, and most notably, a native split screen multi-tasking mode.
Android N’s new split-screen multi-tasking mode (as seen in the images above and below) works on both smartphones and tablets, but only with enabled apps. While options from Samsung are usually very limited, it seems that Android N will enable this functionality simply when a developer adds a new manifest attribute called “android:resizableActivity” to their app. This allows them to specify the proper dimensions for the app. There’s also a “picture in picture” mode which allows certain content, such as videos, to float in a corner on your display. This is similar to a feature found on the iPad.
As shown off in leaks recently, the notification shade and quick settings will also be getting a pretty big redesign. Now the toggles for Wi-Fi, cellular data, the flashlight, Do Not Disturb mode, and the battery are all available right away. You’ll also have the option to easily edit these options using the System UI Tuner.
Doze is also getting a slight upgrade as well. Google has said that it can now save even more battery life whenever the screen turns off. How they are doing that exactly is unknown, but we’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves.
So far the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C, Nexus 9, and the Nexus Player are confirmed to pick up the update. However if you’re itching to get your hands on it early, Google is launching an “Android Beta Program” which will allows anyone to try out the new OS on their device. Keep in mind though that these are early betas, so they aren’t intended from daily use, or consumer use for that matter.