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Google has released Android N's second preview or beta 2 version just weeks after it released the first developer version of the upcoming OS. The release is well in line with the company's schedule of beta releases and introduces features such as Vulkan support and launcher shortcuts along with a new pack of emojis.

The major change log in the update as stated by the company are listed as:

The most useful feature from these for users will be the shortcuts, which have been further detailed by the company to include the following functions:

  • Navigating users to a particular location in a mapping app
  • Sending messages to a friend in a communication app
  • Playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app
  • Loading the last save point in a gaming app

The company has declared no set date when the complete build for Android N will be launched, although the last testing phase for the OS is slated for July, which makes the release possible around that month. The Nexus 7 smartphone is also rumoured to debut at the same time and should come pre-installed with the Android N OS.

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