Android Nougat will get a release date later this summer. Likely alongside a pair of brand new, HTC-made Nexus phones. To date, there have been a bunch of developer previews. This week, Google released the final developer preview — Android Nougat Developer Preview 5.
As always, only a select few Android handsets can actually get in on this developer preview action — namely Nexus phones — as these preview builds are predominantly meant for developers, so they can get their applications and games in order prior to the official rollout.
This build of Android Nougat includes:
- System images for Nexus and other preview devices
- An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they’re ready
- The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI
- The latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in preinstalled apps
“Working with this latest Developer Preview,” said Google, “you should make sure your app handles all of the system behavior changes in Android N, like Doze on the Go, background optimizations, screen zoom, permissions changes, and more. Plus, you can take advantage of new developer features in Android N such as Multi-window support, Direct Reply and other notifications enhancements, Direct boot, new emojis and more.”
If you’re already in Google’s Android N beta programme, you’re phone will update over the air. If you’re not and you fancy taking a look at the Android Nougat Preview on your compatible Nexus phone you can do so here — android.com/beta.
The Nougat Developer Preview is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices.
The Android engineering team will host a Reddit AMA on r/androiddev to answer all your technical questions about the platform tomorrow, July 19 from 12-2 PM (Pacific Time).