Google has released a string of new features for the Android N software preview, a month after the surprise early release of the next full upgrade to its mobile operating system.
Android N now comes with a series of neat in–app shortcuts designed to make navigating through menus quicker and easier.
These mean that users can potentially bring up a quick menu to fire off a message in an app like WhatsApp, head to a specific destination in Maps or go straight to the next episode in streaming apps like Netflix.
While these features will only just be reaching developers, they are reminiscent of the the 3D Touch shortcuts Apple uses on its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The difference here is that users are unlikely to require a phone that uses pressure-sensitive touchscreen tech.
Google has also added emoji unicode 9 support. This allows for smarter, more realistic emoji, something which millions of Android smartphone owners will doubtless be able to get behind once Android N rolls out more widely.
Android N already offers split-screen smarts and battery-saving features.
The software was released early to allow developers to iron out kinks ahead of Google’s I/O event next month, when it will show off exactly how Android N will look in its final build.
The updated software is not expected to be made available on general release until the end of 2016.