Android N finally has a name and it is Android Nougat! Google at the I/O held last month had started a process to crowdsource the name of the next version of its mobile operating system. The campaign saw a lot of participation from various countries including India that voted for Nankhatai and Neyyappam.
That’s not all, the software will be Android 7.0 Nougat and gets a numeric bump from last years Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google has a been actively testing the new software by releasing previews for some of its Nexus devices. Currently, the fourth version of the N preview is available for beta testers and the software is said to be officially announced somewhere in October. At this very event, the search giant is also rumoured to launch two new Nexus devices. Android Lollipop was the biggest change in terms of design by adopting the material design approach. Nougat isn’t radically different but has subtle changes that improve the overall experience as seen in the developer preview.
Fans hoped for Nutella to be picked after Google’s choice of Kitkat in the past. And for those who are unaware, Nougat is a confectionery made of sugar (or honey), roasted nuts and whipped egg whites. As tradition dictates, an Android statue with the new sweet has been established at the Google headquarters and was unveiled today. While the new Nexus devices are expected to launch with this new operating system, existing devices like the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Nexus 6 will be eligible for an OTA update.
The new version of Android is said to bring a whole lot of features to the mobile operating system. Some of the new features include multi-window which would allow working on two applications simultaneously and the Vulkan API that improves gaming performance significantly.