Google Offers Improved Emulator to Android Developers
Google today made a new version of the emulator used to help develop Android applications available. According to Google, the new emulator is faster, adds GPU support, lets developers use a tethered Android device to activate more hardware controls, and offers better performance across a range of CPUs. Google believes that these additions, along with the emulator's recent support for x86 architecture and OpenGL ES 2.0, means the emulator is a much more robust tool for developers to use when writing and testing Android applications.
Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK
Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.
Google Drops Android O Release Candidate
Google today made Android O Developer Preview 4 available to application developers and said this is the final preview before Google releases Android O to consumers later this year. This build contains the final user interface system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final set of APIs.
Google Releases Final Developer Preview of Android 7 Nougat
Google today made the fifth and final preview of Android 7 Nougat available to app developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Android O to Feature Picture-In-Picture and Improved Security
Google today provided more details about the next version of Android at its I/O developer conference. One of the biggest additions to the platform is picture-in-picture for mobile phones.