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Android N: release date, name and features

Rene Millman, Joe Curtis

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17 Mar, 2016
Android N's 'freeform mode' could let users resize app windows

Android N is set to be the best Android release yet with tons of improvements and new features. Here’s everything we know so far about the next iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.

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Android N latest news
17/03/2016: Android N may allow users to resize apps' windows with the inclusion of a so-called freeform mode.

This mode, detailed in the operating system's guide for developers, lets users change apps' default window sizes and positions, and is designed to be used with larger devices, where making an app window smaller would not make it unreadable.

The document reads: “Manufacturers of larger devices can choose to enable freeform mode, in which the user can freely resize each activity. If the manufacturer enables this feature, the device offers freeform mode in addition to split-screen mode.”

The feature is not included in the developer preview, according to Ars Technica, which speculates it could be used should Google decide to merge its Android and Chrome OSes into a single desktop OS.

Android N release date and device availability
The preview version of Android N was made available on 9 March by Google. Usually, the first look at a new Android OS normally happens at Google I/O, which is scheduled for 18 May 2016.

Despite the preview coming far earlier than anticipated, we will no doubt see some more features of the new OS at the show. Google said that the final preview version of Android N will be ready by the summer. Far quicker than in previous years.

The final version of the code that consumers will get their hands on will be released around October, around the same time as a new Nexus device.

The rollout of Android N to existing Nexus devices will occur in the next few weeks after that. We would expect Android N to land on a Samsung S7 sometime in 2017.

Android N name
As is a long-established tradition, the name of the Android operating system has a confectionery connotation. We can only speculate on what the name will be; either a dessert or a type of sweets.

These names are generic with the exception of KitKat, which, of course, is a brand. Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS & Chromecast at Google hinted in a Medium post that the next version of Android could be named after another brand of confectionery; namely Nutella.

“So, the burning question that’s on everyone’s mind: what will the N release be named? We’re nut tellin’ you yet,” he said.

Android N developer preview
There is a developer preview available to download. It sports a number of features, such as multiple window support and enhancements to notifications.

Dave Burke, Google’s vice president of engineering, described the preview as a “work in progress”, so expect it to be a little rough in places.

“We're doing something a little different this year by releasing the preview early… really early,” Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke said in a blog post.

Android N features
Multiple window support

Android N will sport a new feature, dubbed Multi-window, which allows multiple windows on a single display. The attribute called android:resizableActivity is available for apps targeting N and beyond. With this enabled, a user can put apps into a split-screen mode. The feature is said to work when users switch from landscape to portrait mode. The apps should be able to handle the reconfiguration themselves. Apps can also go into picture-in-picture mode on devices like TVs.

Notifications

There are a couple of enhancements to notifications. First, Android N allows users to receive incoming message notifications quickly and conveniently, without leaving the notification shade. There is also a feature called Bundled Notifications. This, as you can work out, groups notifications from the same app together – for example individual messages from a messaging app. Grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications by using a two-finger gesture or tapping the new expansion button.

Efficiency

Android N hopes to eke out more life from your device’s battery when the screen is turned off, like with Doze in Marshmallow, which saves battery when your device is stationary. Doze has a new feature to save battery life as part of Project Svelte, an effort to reduce the memory needs of Android so that it can run on a much broader range of devices. In N, the feature makes background work run more efficiently.

Improved Java 8 support

Android N brings Java 8 language features to the OS. The latest update means users can access Java 8 language features, including lambdas and more, on Android versions as far back as Gingerbread. This is said to reduce “boilerplate” code. For example, lambdas can replace anonymous inner classes when providing event listeners. Some Java 8 language features – like default and static methods, streams, and functional interfaces – are also now available on N and above.

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Stop Apple's Safari web browser from crashing with our guide to fixing common web browser problems. Updated 29 March 2016 to feature the iOS 9.3 bug.

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Step 1 of 12: Why is Safari crashing? Safari bug causes iOS & Mac to crash – here's how to fix it

On 27 January, many iOS and Mac users found that their Safari browser would crash every time they tried to tap the URL bar, or sometimes a new tab, completely closing the Safari app and forcing them to launch it again, only to experience the same issue continuously.

The problem is reportedly being caused by Apple's Safari Suggestions, which is the feature that offers up automatically completed URLs as you type in the URL bar. These autocompletes come from Apple's server, so even if you haven't updated your browser or device recently, you could still experience the issue.

There's currently no official fix for the issue but there is a temporary workaround that'll stop Safari from crashing on your iPad or iPhone. You'll need to go to Settings > Safari and turn off Safari Suggestions.

On your Mac you can use Private Browsing mode by clicking File > New Private Window.

On 28 January, Apple seemed to have fixed the issue, but with the release of iOS 9.3 on 21 March 2016, a lot of users have reported the same problem – as seen in this video. It seems that users across all different devices running on iOS 9.3 are experiencing the problem.

We also suggest trying to switch off JavaScript in Safari through Settings > Safari > Advanced, in order to try and get a temporary fix for the problem. Some reported it as a workaround fix, whilst others are still having problems. You can always use another browser, such as Chrome or Puffin Web Browser.

Read on if you're looking for information about the Crash Safari bug.

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On 27 January, many iOS and Mac users found that their Safari browser would crash every time they tried to tap the URL bar, or sometimes a new tab, completely closing the Safari app and forcing them to launch it again, only to experience the same issue continuously.

The problem is reportedly being caused by Apple's Safari Suggestions, which is the feature that offers up automatically completed URLs as you type in the URL bar. These autocompletes come from Apple's server, so even if you haven't updated your browser or device recently, you could still experience the issue.

There's currently no official fix for the issue but there is a temporary workaround that'll stop Safari from crashing on your iPad or iPhone. You'll need to go to Settings > Safari and turn off Safari Suggestions.

On your Mac you can use Private Browsing mode by clicking File > New Private Window.

On 28 January, Apple seemed to have fixed the issue, but with the release of iOS 9.3 on 21 March 2016, a lot of users have reported the same problem – as seen in this video. It seems that users across all different devices running on iOS 9.3 are experiencing the problem.

We also suggest trying to switch off JavaScript in Safari through Settings > Safari > Advanced, in order to try and get a temporary fix for the problem. Some reported it as a workaround fix, whilst others are still having problems. You can always use another browser, such as Chrome or Puffin Web Browser.

Read on if you're looking for information about the Crash Safari bug.

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Step 2 of 12: There's a website that can crash your iPhone, Android, Mac & PC

A new bug that's sweeping the web through social media and plaguing users with prankster friends causes your browser on any device or computer to crash with just one link.

Visiting CrashSafari.com will crash your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC. Some clever but mean person (22-year-old Matthew Bryant, a security expert from San Fran, apparently) has come up with a complicated string of code that will overload the browser and make it freeze and then crash within seconds.

As far as we're aware, CrashSafari.com works on any browser, not just Safari, so if you click the link it's likely that you're going to run into problems, hence why people are sharing the link (using shorteners like Bit.ly or Tiny URL) with their friends via text messages and on Facebook and Twitter to trick them.

Step 3 of 12: Too many tabs: close some of them

Is your version of Safari crashing in OS X? Or is Safari running so slowly on your Mac that you can't use it properly? In this feature we're going to look at what to do when Apple's Safari web browser isn't running properly.

The first thing to check is how many windows or tabs you have open. A common problem is that people keep opening tabs in Safari. Each tab or window takes up a little space in memory. Have too many tabs open and Safari starts fighting for resources with other apps, and it ends up running far more slowly than it should.

So close some tabs and windows in Safari. Hold down the Option key and choose File > Close Other Tabs. Now every page other than the one you are looking at will be closed. If you have too many windows open choose File > Close All Windows.

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Step 4 of 12: Check with Software Update to see if it fixes the problem

Web browsers are updated far more frequently than other pieces of software. Apple regularly updates Safari to address security concerns, so open App Store and click Update to see if a new edition is available. That may fix the problem of Safari running slowly.

There are dozens of extensions available for Safari. Read more about the new Extensions for Safari here.

Here's how to use OS X Yosemite Extensions and The top 10 Yosemite Extensions

Step 5 of 12: Clear website data to see if Safari runs better

When you visit a web page in Safari it stores a copy of it in a cache. This copy enables it load the web page faster next time you visit. One way to clear the cache is to get rid of all your website data, including your web browsing history. Click Safari > Clear History and Website Data. Now set the the Clear option to All History and click Clear History.

Step 6 of 12: Clear out the cookies if Safari gets stuck

Cookies are small files that websites store in your browser to track users. They are another piece of data that could be causing problems. To get rid of them click Safari > Preferences > Privacy and Remove All Website Data.

Step 7 of 12: Get rid of Flash to get Safari running better

Flash is software used to play video and other interactive content. Many websites have switched to HTML 5, which is less problematic. We think you'll be happier if you get rid of Flash. Adobe has a handy Uninstall Flash Player for Mac OS guide that you can follow.

Step 8 of 12: Turn off extensions

Extensions (often called plug-ins on other browsers) provide additional functionality to Safari, but they can cause problems. Choose Safari > Preferences > Extensions to see all the extensions on your system. Try setting Extensions to Off and see if this helps.

Step 9 of 12: Finding a problem extension

If Safari works better with all extensions turned off, you should go through your extensions one at a time to see which one is causing problems. Open Safari > Preferences > Extensions and set Extensions to On. Now use the Enable check-box next to each extension and turn them all off. Turn them on one at a time to see which one is problematic, and leave that one set Off until an update is provided.

Step 10 of 12: Turn off Virus scanners

Virus scanners pay close attention to Safari, because it's the Mac's main portal to the internet. It should allow you to get on fine, but if you have a virus scanner try turning it off to see if that helps. If that helps try switching to a different virus program.

Step 11 of 12: Try Firefox to fix single unruly sites

If you find Safari isn't working for just one website, then try using a different browser. Some websites, especially old sites, struggle with providing support for a variety of browsers. Firefox tends to be the most compatible and you can use it to visit that one site.

Step 12 of 12: Delete the preferences

If you've tried everything else and Safari still doesn't work you can delete the preferences from your Home/Library folder. Quit Safari and choose File > Go To Folder in Finder. Enter ~/Library/Safari/ into the Go To Folder Window (don't miss the tilde '~' at the start) and click Go. This opens your preferences folder. Drag everything in this folder to Trash and restart Safari. When you restart Safari it will recreate these files as if you have just performed a clean installation.

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