Android N: New features revealed at Google IO 2016

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Dave Burke, VP of engineering for Android, took the stage this afternoon to discuss Android N, which, surprisingly, still doesn’t have a name. Burke admitted that the company has been struggling to come up with a name, so it’s giving the fans a chance to come up with a name (though Google reserves the right to pick a winner).

Starting with performance, Burke said that Android N uses a graphics API called Vulcan and has a lower GPU overhead, which should make everything run smoother. With the software’s JIT compiler, apps will install 75% faster and the compiled code size will be reduced by 50%. Good news for developers and users alike.

Burke also discussed three ways that Android N will improve security:

File-based encryption
Media-hardening framework
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