Finally, at long last and after a period of consulting with public opinion, Google has announced the official name of Android N, it is called *drum roll*: ANDROID NOUGAT. Yes, the people have spoken and they wanted Android 7.0 to be named after the nutty confectionary, the stuff that, amongst other places, you find inside a Mars bar. With the announcement of the name confirmed and talk already in circulation from major OEMs on forthcoming updates, it appears the final rollout is not terribly far off. Not to mention that after a long period of mysterious silence rumours and leaks are suddenly hotting up about the next crop of Nexus phones from HTC - the Sailfish and Marlin. In all likelihood these two phones will be launched within the next couple of months around the same time that Android Nougat is officially pushed to existing Nexus products. As per usual, third parties like Samsung and LG will prep their software updates to follow in the run up to Christmas and New Year, and into 2017. Where the whole cycle will start all over again!
Google talked about its plans for Android in the future pretty extensively at this year’s Google I/O 2016. The company has ideas about how it can solve fragmentation in its platform, but these are just ideas and it will still be quite some time before we see any advancements in this regard.
Something is required, though. Recent figures from Google’s Android Usage Page reveals just 10% of current Android handsets are running Android Marshmallow — that is an exceptionally low figure for a platform as big as Android. Even more so when you compare adoption rates to Apple’s iOS platform, despite the differences between how Google and Apple do things.
Here’s a break down of the Android spread across devices between May and June:
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow (October 2015): Up 2.6 points to 10.1 percent
- Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop (November 2014, March 2015): Down 0.2 points to 35.4 percent
- Android 4.4 KitKat (October 2013): Down 0.9 points to 31.6 percent
- Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean (July 2012, November 2012, and July 2013): Down 1.2 points to 18.9 percent
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (December 2011): Down 0.1 points to 1.9 percent
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (February 2011): Down 0.2 points to 2.0 percent
- Android 2.2 Froyo (May 2010): Flat at 0.1 percent
Among the names posted on Google's Android N website were Nachos, Naan, Nectar, Nut brittle, and more. But Nougat was the winner, joining Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich, and all the other sugary Android monikers.
Android Nougat promises to bring you a variety of “tastes” and features. Front and center will be the multi-window support. Also, Google is bringing a better Doze functionality.Then there’s the seamless auto-update, which allows the operating system to download Android core level updates in the background and install them when you restart.
Check out the video of the Android Nougat statue unveiling, then let us know what you think about the naming scheme