After releasing two developer previews now Google released third Developer Preview of Android N which is released for app developers and other adopters and also for daily use, compatibility testing and development. This preview is stable beta now instead of alpha and can be download and install for Nexus 5X “bullhead”, Nexus 6 “shamu”, Nexus 6P “angler”, Nexus 9G “volantisg”, Nexus Player “fugu”, Pixel C “ryu”, General Mobile 4G (Android One) “seed” and Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603 and D6653).
Be aware before flashing or updating your device about these issues.
- This release may have various stability issues on supported devices. Users may encounter system instability, such as kernel panics and crashes.
- Some apps may not function as expected on the new platform version. This includes Google’s apps as well as other apps.
- Developer Preview 3 is Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) approved on these devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. Apps that depend on CTS approved builds should work normally on these devices (Android Pay for example).
- Developer Preview 3 is available on all supported devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One), as well as Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603 and D6653 models)
New Features in Android Developer Preview 3 May Release
- VR Mode for Android
Android N introduced optimizations and platform support for a new VR Mode to let developer build HQ mobile VR experience for users. There are some performance improvements, including you can take advantage to intelligent head tracking, stereo notification, and access to an exclusive CPU core and most importantly this preview provides latency graphics.
- Multiprocess WebView
Multiprocess WebView run web content in a separate sandboxed process when the Multiprocess WebView enabled. In this update total memory usage, regressions on startup and software rendering performance are expected.
- FrameMetrics API
developer Preview 3 introduced FrameMetric API that allows UI rendering performance of an app to monitor by streaming pubsub API to transfer current windows application frame timing. It’s used to measure interaction level UI performance with higher granularity in production without need for USB connection.
- Keyboard Shortcuts helper
Android N brings all shortcuts on Keyboard Shortcut screen by pressing Mets+/ available both form app in focus and system. Developers can also add their own trigger and shortcuts screen from their apps.
- Sustained Performance Mode
Android N Preview 3 includes optional support for sustained performance mode, enabling OEMs to provide long running applications hints about performance capabilities. Then app developers use these hints to maintain their application consistent level of device performance for long time but this feature is currently available for just Nexus 6P device only.
How to Install Android N Preview 3
You can receive and install this and upcoming Android updates directly on your compatible Android device. But first you must enroll and join the Android Beta program. After enrolling to this program you will get OTA over-the-air notification related to any Android updates. If you can’t wait for OTA notification, then you can flash updates manually by downloading Android update files given below.