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Google launches Android N Developer Preview 3 with seamless updates and VR mode

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Chastity Holden
May 18, 2016 10:55
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The factory images should arrive shortly for the supported devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus Player, General Mobile 4G, and Pixel C.Google launched the first Android N developer preview in March and the second preview in April.

In past years, Google has unveiled the next Android version and released the accompanying developer preview at its I/O developer conference, but with Android N, the company is starting much earlier — we re at I/O 2016 and the company is already on the third preview.There are two big features the Android team is highlighting in the third preview: seamless updates like in Chrome OS!

The third preview naturally includes everything that inside the first two previews, but these features are being shared for the first time today.Google says that seamless updates are inspired by how Chromebooks apply updates.

The next time you restart your Android phone or tablet, it will boot up using the updated system image.Seamless updates are a huge addition that will have massive implications on the Android ecosystem years down the road.

Developers will be happy to know that VR mode brings performance enhancements, including single buffer rendering and access to an exclusive CPU core.VR mode lets apps take advantage of smooth head-tracking, stereo notifications, and low latency graphics.

Of course, we knew that was the case thanks to Google Cardboard s success, but now the company is baking support and improvements right into its mobile operating system.As you might expect, the new preview also includes a few API changes check out the diff reports and a slew of bug fixes.

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