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Hands on: What's new and noteworthy with Android N

JR Raphael | May 27, 2016
A detailed look at the most meaningful changes coming to Android via this year's yet-to-be-named N release.

On the enterprise front, meanwhile, Google's Android for Work program gains a handful of new features with the N release, including quick device-provisioning via QR code scanning, an optional security challenge to add an extra safeguard to work-related apps, a simple toggle for users to enable and disable a device's work mode and an always-on VPN requirement.

And beyond the N release, Google is prepping a system that'll make it possible to open and use apps without ever installing them; it'll work on any phone running Android 4.2 or higher when it launches later this year. More broadly yet, new efforts are underway to bring Chrome OS and Android closer together, including a plan to make all Android apps available on Chromebooks -- something that has huge implications for the future of Google's platforms (despite what some myopic analysts may surmise).

All in all, Google's certainly got its hands full -- and it shouldn't be long before the fruits of its labor start making their way into our lives.

 

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