At the Google I/O developers conference in May, Google announced that it would let the 1.4 billion active Android device users select the name for Android N. Prior to this Android Nutella was tipped to be the favourite, but Android Nougat was the final preferred name.
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Having said this, Google has been putting pressure on mobile phone manufacturers to release Android software updates sooner, as less than 10 percent of Android smartphones are currently running on Android Marshmallow.
This is in stark contrast to the achievement that Apple attained when it rolled out iOS 9. Within 24 hours, 12 percent of iPhones had the update and by February this year 77 percent of iPhones were using iOS 9.
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These facts add weight to the premise that Android Nougat will roll to Android device owners sooner rather than later, and to more devices than ever before.
The Android N final SDK has been released for developers to test their apps with support for new system behaviours. Because of this open nature, we already know what Android Nougat will bring to the table.
In short, the new Android operating system has been designed to save power and memory, allow users to direct reply within notifications and run apps in a new multi-window user interface.
Android Nougat will also integrate the Google Assistant into conversations, so that the user no longer needs to open a separate web browser or second app, when they want to find or share information, such as a restaurant review.
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To toggle between the last two apps used, Nougat users need only to double tap the recent button, which will prove to be a big time saver.
Written by: Michael Brown