Finally, Google has unmasked the mystery surrounding the name “Android N” as it has been announced that the N will be officially called Nougat. Google revealed the nickname of the latest Android OS few hours ago along its new statue design, which features a green Android mascot standing atop three bars of the chewy confection.
Google surprised everyone earlier March, by announcing the Android Nougat Developer Preview. And 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.
This latest iteration follows in the footsteps of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a focus on an improved user experience, updated notifications, and split-screen views. In its second iteration, Nougat tweaks some more visual elements, adds new emoji, feels smoother and smarter than ever, and assures Android fans that the future is bright and that Google’s mobile platform will only become a bigger part of their digital lives.
Android 7.0 follows Android 6.0.1, meaning Android 6 never even had a proper 6.X release. Android 5.0 had 5.1[.1], 4.0 had 4.1 through 4.4[.4], 3.0 had 3.1, 2.0 had 2.1 through 2.3[.7], and 1.0 had 1.1, 1.5, and 1.6. The Google Android journey so far has been: Alpha, Beta, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice cream sandwich, Jellybean, Kitkat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, #AndroidNougat.
Meanwhile, Google already made the update available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C and Nexus Player, and the Xperia Z3 is also getting in on the action. Here is a guide on how to flash developer preview into Sony Xperia Z3. And you can get Android N keyboard running on any Android smartphone now.
Here is a video published earlier by Google during the unveiling: