Barely 3 weeks after Google announced that it’s latest Android Operating System will be officially called Nougat, the final developer preview for the Android 7.0 Nougat is now available to the public. However, it will take some more weeks before the latest mobile OS will be officially seen on mobile phones.
Reports has it that the latest version of Android OS has newly added features such as Quick Settings, enhanced notifications, support for multiple windows and new emojis. It will also impose boot checks as a way of detecting malware quickly, making a phone infected with various malware unable to boot, or start in a limited-use mode if you want.
Vice President of Engineering, Dave Burke reveals in a recent blog post that Android N Developer Preview 5 will be the final beta build before it is finally released: “Last month’s Developer Preview included the final APIs for Nougat; this preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices, helping you get your app ready for consumers.”
Nexus devices: Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices gets the first taste of Android N experience followed by other manufacturers and devices in the two or so months to follow.
If you’ve got a recent flagship phone, you should be in luck. Most manufacturers try to push the software to phones and tablets that are less than two years old, but it may be quite a wait. Though, Sony Xperia Z3 users are already enjoying Android N developer preview updaton their devices
Each manufacturer can take time to tweak the updates. Take Android Marshmallow for example, some phones still don’t have the update even though it’s been out for nearly six whole months now.
If you want the latest software, it’s best to get a Nexus device as the newest version of Android will always be pushed to that first. However, to make things even easier for developers — and adventurous users — you can now update your Android devices to the Android N developer preview using an over-the-air update through the new Android Beta Program.
Meanwhile, Discussions ranging from new Android plans to details of the preview were held in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session by Google engineers on Tuesday. The engineers mentioned that the company has been in collaboration with other OEMs concerning the final developer preview in order to have their updates ready on time.