Android N Developer Preview is out now


As we wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow to roll out to current devices, the folks at Google is now giving everyone a peek of its upcoming Android N. It is available now and even non-developers can give it a try. The name isn’t confirmed yet but we have a hunch that it could be called Nutella.

Some of the notable features including a native split-screen which lets you run 2 apps side by side. This is similar to Samsung’s Multi-Window mode but it appears to be better integrated on the recent apps interface. There are also other subtle changes in Quick Settings and Notifications which improves usability. Doze mode is also improved further to squeeze more battery juice when the screen is asleep.


Android N Preview is now available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Pixel C. Nexus 5 is said to be supported later on. If you want to give this a try, it is best to use it on a spare device instead of your daily driver. Being an early release, it is still buggy and you may face random crashes, unexpected behaviour and stability issues that will be sorted out in the coming updates. The best part is that you can get Android N via an OTA (Over the air) download. So that means no flashing required and you can upgrade without losing your personal files on the phone.

If you’re aware of the potential bugs and still up for it, you can sign up for the Beta program here.

So what is N? Nutella? or something else?

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Alexander Wong