The latest Android N preview build was released today, April 13th, and included Emoji Unicode 9.0 support, among other things. The highlight is definitely the emojis, and the new designs are intended to look more realistic than the older, blobbier emojis.
We hate waiting, so if you want these emojis right now, check out our guide on installing them. Or, if you're ready to take the plunge with your Nexus device, then you can install Android N right now.
- Vulkan is a new 3D rendering API that lowers CPU requirements, allowing draw-call heavy apps to perform faster and more efficiently.
- Launcher Shortcuts will let you perform specific app functions more easily. For instance, you can set a shortcut to instantly give you directions home when you open a navigation app.
- API Changes, like letting you specify a minimum window size for multi-screen apps.
- As always, there are also lots of bug fixes.
- New folder icons:
- New icon for empty recent items list:
- Separate lock and home screen wallpapers:
- Calculator quick settings shortcut:
- Quick replies form lock screen: