Today's Android N Developer Preview 2 packs in some new features as well. Apps can define intent shortcuts, which users can then add to their launcher to get stuff done quicker. For example, we would talk about one shortcut which would let you send a message to a specific contact, or start navigating home in a mapping app and a few more. To get started.
After unveiling a first preview of Android N a few weeks ago, earlier today Google unveiled the second preview for its upcoming mobile OS version. Included in this second Android N Preview are a range of bug fixes, as well as a several new - and very interesting - features.
Using a new API, app developers can now expose quick action shortcuts to the launcher. Google says that launchers can be expected to show between 3 and 5 shortcuts for an app. As for shortcut examples, IM apps are expected to expose shortcuts for messaging most frequently used contacts while mapping apps are expected to expose "navigate to home" shortcuts.
The new Android N preview also boasts several new people emoji. As you can see for yourself in the image below, these are nothing to write home about.
Google notes that the Android N Developer Preview is still not ready to be used as a daily driver on your main device, because it's not optimized for performance and battery life.
The new Android N preview is now available for
Nexus 6 , Nexus 5X , Nexus 6P , Nexus 9 , and Pixel C d