Tech Giant Google have named their Android operating system versions following a theme of confectionary, in alphabetical order. The initial and subsequent release (1.0 in 2008 and 1.1 in 2009) however were exceptions. But since April 2009, Google have given each new version a code name and began with ‘Cupcake’ (version 1.5). Since then we’ve had Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.
The current software version is Marshmallow 6.0, so the next one was always going to start with the letter ‘N’. Google decided to let the public choose the code name for the upcoming release and just yesterday they announced the chosen name, on Snapchat.I had Nutella in mind, I don’t know about you.
So we’ve been given the name early but Android Nougat is not yet released. Google have said it will be launched in Q3, so even though we don’t yet have a date we can expect to be using it around August / September.
Although we don’t have a complete list of features, you can expect some of the following:
- Notification enhancements – If you receive a message you can reply right from the notification itself. If you’re an iOS 8/9 iMessage user, then you already have this in-line reply feature. With Nougat, it’s better as it will work with multiple apps and not just Google’s own messaging app. You’ll also be able to block a notification from this view or choose to show it without a sound being played, which saves you time from having to go into your notification setting. We like this.
- Multi-window support; have two apps display in split-screen mode so you can browse the web and have a text conversation with a friend at the same time because who likes constant switching? You’ll be able to resize the app view too making one bigger than the other.
- Keyboard background – Fancy giving your keyboard a splash of colour? With Android Nougat you’ll be able to do just that. You will also be able to choose a photo as the background although you’ll have to make sure you don’t pick one that clashes with the keyboard buttons/text.
No doubt, performance and security will also be enhanced but we’ll update you with a full list and Nougat video preview when it’s officially launched.
What do you think of the confectionary-themed name and are you excited for the launch of Android Nougat 7.0? Let us know in the comments area below.
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