The wait is finally over. After the initial announcement at Google’s prestigious Google I/O 2016 event, Android N, the next version of Android, has been officially christened Android Nougat.
Google and Android both have a history of using alphabetically ordered dessert or sweets themed name for their operating systems. Starting with Android 1.5 which was Cupcake, it proceeded to 1.6 Donut, then Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich (which was and still is quite a popular OS, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and finally the all new Nougat.
It should be noted however, that Google didn’t simply pick the name. Rather they opened up the brainstorming session for all users on the internet to come up with a suitable name.
What Happened to Nutella?
Quite a number of people wanted “Nutella” to be a popular choice for the latest iteration of Google’s Android operating system and “Nutmeg” was also contender, but as we saw, Nougat was chosen to taste sweet victory.
So What’s New With Android Nougat?
As we stated in an earlier article, Android N, or from today onwards Android Nougat, has been given a turbocharge in almost all areas of the system, beginning with animations. The icing on top of the proverbial cake, however, seems to be the split-screen multitasking. This is where one can have two apps running on your screen at the same time. Simply hold down your finger on the top of a window in the main multitasking view and drag it up to a highlighted area. From there, the other half gives you a second multitasking view to select another app. You can even adjust the splitter to resize apps in both landscape and portrait mode.
The Quick Settings toggles too are going to have a makeover with a short row of icons located at the top of the notification shade. All you need to do is just tap one of those buttons to toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth etc. Pulling the row down gives you the ability to customize what appears in Quick Settings such as Battery or Data Saver.
The new “Suggested” area for settings is developed around power users and provides suggestions on areas that the Operating System thinks you’ll want to keep an eye on such as Data Saver, Security, and Wallpapers.
Android Nougat was made available as a preview for devices such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C. Although stable as a daily driver, there seem to be a few bugs in the latest preview with regard to WiFi Hotspot, Camera crashes and even dropped calls. Then again, this is the preview so one should expect bugs.
No official launch date has yet been set for Android Nougat but at least we now know what to call it. After all, an Operating System must have a name.