Android north Developer Preview two hits with Vulkan, shortcuts, less ‘generic&#eight thousand two hundred seventeen; emoji

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This upgrade brings a mixed bag of features and fixes. Vulkan, the new low-overhead graphics API from Khronos Group, makers of OpenGL and that family of standards, is presently portion of the package.

Android north Developer Preview two hits with Vulkan, shortcuts, less ‘generic&#eight thousand two hundred seventeen; emoji

Developers, start your fastboots! Android N’s Developer Preview two is presently live for OTA updates or manual flashing. This upgrade brings a mixed bag of features and fixes.

Vulkan, the new low-overhead graphics API from Khronos Group, makers of OpenGL and that family of standards, is presently portion of the package. Expect boosts in benchmarks as CPU-bound processes shift over to the GPU. Directions on implementation can be found at the NDK site.

Launcher shortcuts can presently be created by apps; these can create actions with multiple steps or hooks simple for users to fire up with a single tap. Things love “send a text to this contact,” or “watch following episode of Veep,” or “open navigation with residence as my destination.”

Less welcome for some will be the “new emoji design for people emoji that moves far from our generic see in favor of a more human-looking design.” While beautiful much anything is better than the

Seriously

living chicken nuggets that are the default in Android (right), this may just create even more confusion as to what image precisely you're sending to the recipient. That information really ought to be standard in every messaging app.

At minimum the new realistic fashion makes for better skin tone changes, and the upgrade also brings the objects added to the Unicode standard — bacon, facepalm, etc.

Look out for bug fixes and changes to the standard APIs too. Now, go forth and develop!

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