Slated for a late summer release, key new features in Android N include split-screen mode, so more than one app can be run simultaneously, or picture-in-picture mode so you can watch a video on the corner of the screen while browsing the web or checking email.

Some of these features are already available on some handsets today but bringing them to the core of the Android experience means they can be unified and extended across all phones running the operating system.

A new software JIT compiler will make app installs 75% faster and the compiled code size will be reduced by 50%, according to Google.

As good as this sounds, unfortunately has nothing to do or bound to help with Android's fragmentation issue and slow updates from carriers and manufacturers.

Instead of acting like a search box that can interpret your voice commands, the new Assistant works on a more conversational mode and can infere from context, not unlike Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana.

As with all beta releases, we only recommend these to early adopters and tinkerers that can live with some bugs.

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