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[Gaming, Streaming] Android Is Getting A 'Sustained Performance Mode' For Consistent App Performance Over Long Periods Of Time

You know how when you use your phone or tablet for long periods of time, it gets a little warm? Sometimes it even goes toasty — hi, Snapdragon 810! — and app performance suffers: you start seeing lags and stutters and things don't work as smoothly or as reliably as they should. That's because the system throttles the SoC when it risks reaching its limit temperature. This is the kind of performance issues that the new Sustained Performance Mode aims to solve.

There's a new 'Sustained Performance API' in the latest Android N Developer Preview 3. It works based on feedback provided by OEMs regarding each device and its performance for long-running apps.

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Android N Preview 3 Introduces A New Shortcuts Helper Screen For Physical Keyboards

You know how you can usually type some combination of Alt or Ctrl or Cmd with the question mark on your computer to surface a list of available keyboard shortcuts in whatever app you're using? Android is about to get the same option, which is great if you plan on using something like the Pixel C for work.

The trigger for the overlay is Alt + / (on Chrome OS, it's Ctrl + Alt + /). Once you tap that on your physical keyboard, it should show a screen with all of the keyboard shortcuts that are available from the system and your currently used app.

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Android N Preview 3 Brings Google Keyboard 5.1: Themes And Emojis Abound [APK Download]

Earlier this month, Google updated the Google Keyboard to version 5.0 with plenty of new gestures, optional borders, one-handed mode, and more features. However, version 5.0 was not compatible with Android N, so those running the Preview couldn't benefit from it.

This is now fixed with Android N's third Preview. The new image includes Google Keyboard 5.1 that not only brings all of the same changes, but also adds two new cool features: themes and all those new emojis we were promised with Android N. Unfortunately, there's no sign of that iOS GBoard action. Oh bugger.

Keyboard Themes

Google Keyboard 5.1 includes a new setting section for themes.

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Android N Borrows A Trick From Chromebooks With Seamless Updates

Google has detailed a new capability you can look forward to in Android N, but it's not entirely new. If you've used a Chromebook for any length of time, you've seen so-called seamless updates before. Now Android too will be able to install OTA updates in the background, and you'll be done the next time you reboot.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: ADB Has Much Faster Transfer Speeds, Improvements To Shell Commands, And A Bunch Of Compatibility Fixes

Google's introduction of Android N promises many great enhancements to the operating system, but we can't overlook some of the important awesome changes to the tools we use. The latest iteration of ADB brings some new features and significant performance improvements. Googler Elliott Hughes took to Google+ with details about the update, letting us know what we can look forward to from moving to the latest preview release of adb.

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Android N Dev Preview 2 Merges Downloads And Files, Lets You Install APKs From The File Explorer But Causes Various Other Issues

I'll be honest here. We don't know what's exactly happening with the Android N Dev Preview 2's Downloads and Files situation. There are lots of nitty gritty changes happening and we obviously can't tell if these are forgotten missteps in this release or if this is the way things will be from now on. I've been going back and forth between each screenshot of Android N Dev Preview 1 and its equivalent on Dev Preview 2 trying to understand the rationale behind some of these changes, but I haven't made sense of it all.

Here is what we know though and I guarantee that it's confusing, so I'll try to make it as clear as possible and hope you can follow along.

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Google Phone Versions 2.05 And 3.0 Introduce A Missed Call Indicator [APK Download]

The default dialer app that comes with the latest Android N Developer Preview has a small but significant change.

When you fire up the Google Phone app, an indicator now appears alongside the middle tab showing how many calls you've missed.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Launcher Shortcuts Give Apps Many New Ways To Provide Information And Quick Actions

The first Developer Preview of Android N was a pretty big hit with a boatload of new features for both users and developers. Unlike last year, Google didn't ship the second preview with just a series of bug fixes–there are already new APIs for developers. One such addition is called Launcher Shortcuts and it promises to bring a new interaction model to the homescreen. The simple icons we've always known will soon be able to expose easily glanceable information, quick actions, and clever shortcuts into various parts of an app.

Launcher Shortcuts

Launcher Shortcuts have a lot in common with the regular shortcuts supported by Android since the beginning.

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[Update: Tiny Planet Mode Returns] Android N Dev Preview 2 Introduces New Camera UI, Lets You Take Photos While Shooting Video Again, And More [APK Download]

In the latest taste of Android N, we've seen changes to emoji, wallpapers, fast app switching, and other aspects of the Android interface. Now we're highlighting what's new in the camera.

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[Android N Feature Spotlight] Android N Uses Off-Center Pop-Up Dialogues With Color Matching Titles

The first Android N Dev Preview is more than a month old by this point, yet there are still changes introduced in it that keep popping up (ha!) on our radar. Take pop-up dialogues for example. In Android M, regardless of where you tapped and held to trigger a pop-up, the dialogue would show up centered on the screen, both vertically and horizontally. It wasn't that bad, but it surely could have been better, right?

In the first Android N Dev Preview, pop-up dialogues gained more freedom. They started showing up closer to where your finger was, making them easier to reach and giving them a more contextual feel.

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