Android N Now Available to Developers Dylan Duarte March 9, 2016 News A preview of the next version of Google’s Android operating system, Android N, is now available for developers to poke, prod, and experiment with. The preview comes loaded with new features, giving us a good idea of what to expect when the new operating system finally releases to the public. A redesigned notification panel will span the full width of the screen, and an edit button will allow you to make quick changes. The Doze feature has been improved in behind-the-screen ways that will make it more effective at saving battery life. A new split-screen mode will allow users to multitask on both phones and tablets. There’s also a picture-in-picture mode that sounds similar to the same feature in iOS9. A smaller albeit important feature is the Data Saver, which can block background data usage by apps, as well as tell them to use less data in general by reducing image and streaming quality, deferring optimistic precaching, and what not. You will be able to whitelist apps that you want to continue using full data. You’ll now be able to block numbers on a system-level, cutting off all calls and texts from spammers, telemarketers, and annoying friends and relatives. There are number-blocking apps out there, but by blocking them at the system-level you’ll never even get a notification. The Android N developer preview is available now on certain phones and the official release will be coming later this year. Share This With The World!