Earlier today, the Android team began teasing the new name for the next version of Android and saying that it would be announced today. Well now it’s official. We’re looking at Android Nougat coming in the third quarter to an Android device near you. The version number hasn’t yet been unveiled – that will likely come with the final version of Android N – but many are expecting it to be Android 7.0.
Google has been teasing this name for quite some time. Even having Android SVP, Hiroshi Lockheimer, teasing Nutella quite a bit in the last few weeks and months. Google announced that it would allow users to submit name suggestions for Android N at Google I/O last month – however they did also note that they reserve the right to choose the final name. Many were hoping it would be Nutella, but Google opted to go Nougat. This was another pretty popular choice.
Over the years, we’ve had plenty of names for new versions of Android. Starting with Android 1.5 (the third release, as the first two were Alpha and Beta, Google started at “C”) Google has named every release after a tasty treat. There has been Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and now Nougat.
Back in March, Google unveiled the first developer preview for Android N. Showing us a number of features that will be in the latest version of Android, well before the final release is available. The reasoning for doing a developer preview is to get developers working on their apps and games before it is available to everyone, so that they will work with the latest version of Android. But also to get feedback from everyone on what needs to be fixed, and/or removed from the operating system. Developer Preview 4 came out last month, and there’s supposedly one more developer preview coming before the final release. Once the final release is announced, there should also be a few new Nexus devices, which many rumors are pointing at HTC manufacturing them this time – and a select few rumors pointing at Huawei coming back for another Nexus device after the success of the Nexus 6P.