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Nougat

After months of speculation, Google finally announced that the name of the next version of Android will be Nougat. The company made the announcement via Twitter and also unveiled a statue of its mascot standing on some pieces of nougat. The version number for Android Nougat will be 7.0.

At Google I/O, the company had announced that it was crowdsourcing the name of of the next version of Android. One of the suggested names included Nutella, which may have been preferred for Google’s Senior Vice President, Hiroshi Lockheimer. Another name that was suggested was a South Indian treat called Neyappam. The Kerala Government, via its Twitter account, even encouraged people to vote for the name.

The developer preview for Android N, or should we say Android Nougat, launched a few months back. The upcoming update would include features such a multi-window support on phones and tablets that would allow users to run two apps side-by-side in split screen mode. Further, the update would also allow users to reply to notifications from within the notification interface. Android Nougat also improves upon the Doze feature that was introduced in Marshmallow and introduces a data saver mode.

Further, Google also announced a new VR platform that was built into Android Nougat called Daydream. The new platform is a more capable than Google Cardboard and would needs some basic hardware requirements from a device in order to work.

Android Nougat release date

Rather than wait until Google I/O 2016, Google decided to surprise us all by releasing the first Android N developer preview. It will be on March 9, two full months earlier than expected. The Android N preview went live for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), Nexus Player and Pixel C on the Android Developers site. The first beta release candidate appeared during Google I/O on May 18, 2016.

Google surprised us all by releasing the first Android N developer preview on March 9, two full months earlier than expected.

The final Android 7.0 Nougat release date has been confirmed for Q3, 2016. This means that the Nexus 6P (2016) and Nexus 5X (2016) – or whatever they will be called this year – will be coming a little earlier than expected too, as the new version of Android is always presented alongside new Nexus devices.

The Nexus 4 was announced on October 29, the Nexus 5 on October 31, the Nexus 6 on October 15, the Nexus 5X and 6P on September 29. So we might even see this year’s Nexuses earlier in September rather than the end of the month if the progressively earlier announcement dates are anything to go by.

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