Developers are being given a preview of Android’s next incarnation.
The mobile platform’s newest format isn’t even named yet – it’s simply being referred to as N at this stage – but Google’s already seeking feedback and encouraging developers to poke around, try things out and give their opinion and views.
“Last year, we took a hard look at our 2016 plans, with an eye towards building a timeline that gives everyone the opportunity to make the next release of Android stronger,” stated Hiroshi Lockheimer in a blog post. “By releasing the first preview and asking for your feedback now (in March!), we’ll be able to act on that feedback while still being able to hand off the final N release to device makers this summer, so they can get their hands on the latest version of Android earlier than ever. Plus, you’ll be able to use this additional time to support all of the new goodies in N in your apps.”
In addition, developers can access to the previews through a new program called the Android Beta Program. Numerous Android devices could start updating Wednesday with the new platform allowing developers to get a peak at the features being considered for the next stage.
The Android N for Developers site outlines many of the updates to be included ranging from multi-window support, notification enhancements and expanded languages.
While developers are getting this sneak peak, they’re not being given any clues on what the next Android’s moniker will be. For now, Google’s keeping that information to itself.