I’ve been using Android N for a little while now on my Nexus 6p and Nexus 9. It’s still in beta. It’s amazing.
Multi-window and the quick settings are the biggiest changes I think regular users will notice right away. There’s a lot of videos on Youtube showing this all off. My experience is that it feels faster on both of my devices. Multi-window works really great in my opinion.
The reason I wanted to take a moment and write a posting about Android N is because looking through the internet a lot of the blogs give you the instructions on how to manually flash it. I think you should know how to manually flash your device, just incase. However, if you simply enroll your device in the beta program, here, then you click a button and agree to the terms of the beta program. You’ll get an OTA notification on your device shortly after asking you to download the beta. That’s it! If you don’t like it for any reason you can go back to the same place and simply un-enroll your device.
- Which devices are eligible?
- Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player
- Pixel C
- General Mobile 4G (Android One)
I think the build is so close to production that not a lot is going to change. I personally believe it’s ready. Google might be waiting for more developers to update their apps for split windows, but I haven’t run into a problem with it at all, yet.
Flashing manually is simple if you have used ADB before. I again got the errors archive does not contain ‘boot.sig’ and archive does not contain ‘recovery.sig’ From my understanding there isn’t enough room for the images. I simply flashed everything inside of the image-volantis-npd35k.zip. You can do this by:
fastboot flash system system.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot flash cache cache.img
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash userdata vendor.img
That should get you going. You’ll notice right away that when doing a factory reset you now get a ring of colors instead of the old android icon. It’ll take a few minutes to boot.
As someone who had Samsung Galaxy Notes 1-4, I can say that Android needed split windows. I’m very excited that it’s finally here. It makes using your phone a little easier for heavy tasks when you’re not around a computer.
My Favorite New Feature
Besides multi-window support my favorite new feature is scaling. One of the very first things I used to do when getting a new phone was to root and change the DPI on my phones. It was frustrating to buy a large screen phone just to have Android scale everything so large. So without having your phone rooted there was no benefit to having a larger phone. No extra screen real-estate at all.
Now you simply change the ‘Display Size’ under settings to get the perfect size!
Now under ‘settings > Display’ you can simply change the display size!