Android N Dev Preview 2 Arrives With Posh New 3D Rendering Tools

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google has released its latest mobile work in progress, with the Android N Developer Preview 2 available for people who own spare phones they like to hack about with for fun.

This one seems to be much more usable on a daily basis, mind, seeing as Google's fixed such obvious bugs within Preview 1 as the connectivity errors and messaging issues, plus there's the arrival of the new 3D rendering API Vulkan -- a hopefully more efficient method of managing multiple cores and getting the best performance out of the many chipsets that make up the Android device universe.

Developer Preview 2 also includes a new emoji design for people, turning the faces into more like faces than Android's previously more robotic nerdy styles, plus multi-window support and notifications should also look different as a result of API fiddling.

There's still likely to be quite a few bugs, though, seeing as it's not yet ready to hit your mum's battered old Nexus 4. Watch them all roll in here. Owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 and Pixel C are able to stick on the preview if so motivated and signed into the Android Beta Program. [Google via Ars]

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