Google Re-brands Android N As Android Nougat
Google announced on Snapchat that Android N, the latest version of Android, will now go by Android Nougat. The announcement comes after the company said at I/O last month that users could submit suggestions for the name online.
Nougat is the latest dessert-themed version of Android, due out later this summer. The release, initially announced in March and currently on its second (and mostly stable) beta, brings new features like an improved notification shade and split-screen multitasking to the mobile OS, while also improving on features like Doze that came with Marshmallow last year.
Google names its Android versions after what it calls “sweet treats.” Though the first two releases had no corresponding name, the early 1.5 release was named “Cupcake.” From there, each new version of Android takes on the name of some sort of sweet food, each name beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. After Cupcake came Donut, then Eclair, all the way through corporate-sponsored “KitKat” (version 4.4), and last year’s “Marshmallow” (6.0).
Google hasn’t detailed the official version number yet, but most of its Android N images and mockups display a time of 7:00 on the clock, which is a clear indication that it will be 7.0. Google did the same with the clock on its mockups of previous Android releases. z
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