Google announced the name of Android N. Right from Android C (Cupcake), the version names of Android are on the name of some or other desserts. They are as follows :
- Froyo (Frozen Yogurt)
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Jelly Bean
Android N will be called Android Nougat as announced by Google. Android N was first released as a developer preview on March 9, 2016, with factory images for current Nexus devices, as well as with the new “Android Beta Program” which allows supported devices to be upgraded directly to the Android Nougat beta via over-the-air update.
— Android (@Android) June 30, 2016
There will be five Android N preview releases before the final release in the third quarter of 2016. An updated preview is released each month (4 to 6 week interval). The N Developer Preview started on March 9, 2016 with the release of Preview 1.On April 13, 2016, Android N Developer Preview 2 was announced. Android N Developer Preview 3 became available on May 18, 2016. Android N Developer Preview 4 became available on June 15, 2016.
Google further discussed Android “N” during the Google I/O keynote on May 18, 2016, and unveiled its new virtual reality platform Daydream. During the conference, a new “beta-quality” preview build of Android “N” was released, and Google announced that it would hold a contest to determine the official release name of the operating system.On June 30, 2016, Google announced that N’s release name would be “Nougat”; it was also confirmed that the release would be version 7.0 of Android.
- Android Nougat introduces a split-screen multi-window mode, in which two apps can be snapped to occupy halves of the screen.
- The notification shade was also redesigned, featuring a smaller row of icons for settings, replacing notification cards with a “sheet” design, and allowing inline replies to notifications implemented via existing APIs used with Android Wear. Multiple notifications from a single app can also be “bundled”.
- Seamless updates are also introduced, following Chrome OS. Software updates will be able to install in the background and run with only a reboot.
- The “Doze” power saving mechanism introduced in Marshmallow was expanded to include a state activated when the device is running on battery and the screen has been off for a period of time, but is not stationary.
- A new “Data Saver” mode restricts background mobile data usage, and can trigger internal functions in apps that are designed to reduce bandwidth usage.
- Developer Preview 2 added platform support for Vulkan, the new low-level 3D rendering API to augment OpenGL ES but with higher graphics performance.
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