Android N will have extended backing for virtual reality


Android developers will be able to tap into new virtual reality capabilities in the next major version of Android, codenamed N. As noted by Ars Technica, the second Android N Developer Preview contains references to “VR Listener” and “VR Helper” apps, as well as a permissions warning informing users that a given app “will be able to run when you are using applications in virtual reality mode.”

Android N includes built-in support for 3D Touch-style pressure sensitivity, a split-screen mode for tablet multitasking, and revamped emoji. Google released the first developer preview last month, and anyone with a recent Nexus device or Pixel C can sign up for over the air updates though it’s not recommended for day to day use.