The latest version of Android is almost here. Four developer previews have already been released, and the new OS is now scheduled for a late summer release – although no official date has been revealed just yet, we’d say it will probably be around September.
Google is said to be putting the finishes touches on Android 7.0. We already know some of the features we can expect, but we’re still waiting on a name. And, let’s be honest – the name is the fun part.
Every version of Android since April 2009 has been named after food – sweet, confectionery-like food – in alphabetical order, starting with Android 1.5 Cupcake. Here’s the full list of updates:
This year, Google decided to crowdsource the name of its latest OS, and created a public poll not unlike the NERC’s now infamous poll to name their newest polar research ship. We all know how that turned out, and the lesson was: don’t let the public name anything you own. They’ll make a joke of it. (But we still love Boaty McBoatface.)
Nevertheless, Google’s attempt to name Android N went better than expected, with names such as “Nougat”, “Neapolitan Ice Cream”, and “Nut Brittle” being popular options. Surprisingly, the company also included savoury foods as potential names – “Nachos”, “Nori”, and “Noodles” – and the current favourite across social media, “Nutella”, wasn’t even offered as an option.
What do you think Android N will be called?
Google is treating its users to plenty of new features this year, starting with brand new multi-window display, allowing users to use more than one app at a time using a split screen mode. It will also include more interactive notifications, and the option to reply to messages or emails without opening the app. All these expected to hit the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG flagship G5 and the newly named HTC 10 as generally top smartphones are updated with the new OS.
But that’s not all! Messaging is also getting a face lift, with conversations integrating the Google assistant, giving suggestions and searching the web for anything you and your interlocutor need. Conversations will also be getting the latest Unicode emoji update – which we’re pretty excited about. The settings menu will also become more interactive and show suggestions, battery info, memory and sound levels.
Have a look at our Android N Preview for more information on the brand new features the update will bring!
Another exciting part of Android N is sure to be the inclusion of virtual reality to the OS. After Google Cardboard, the company may be planning to release its successor in the form of Android VR – and in the second developer preview of Android N, we could find a menu for VR help services.
It isn’t clear for now if Google is planning to come out with a new VR headset, or simply the inclusion of the Daydream platform on the OS to support VR videos and augmented reality. Watch this space; we’ll update as soon as we know more about it!