- Google had invited users to help name Android N
- Android N will bring improvements like multi-window support
- No word yet on Android N release date beyond “this summer”
Google has finally announced the full name of Android N. The next version of Android will be called Android Nougat.
The Android Nougat name continues the tradition of naming major Android releases after desserts. It all started with Android 1.5 Cupcake, followed by Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.0 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The pattern continued with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Last month at its annual developer conference Google I/O, the company had invited users to help name Android N. It’s not clear if the Android Nougat name was the popular choice among the suggestions, or it’s something Google narrowed down on its own. Interestingly, Nougat was the third most popular choice in a poll of our own.
Android N will bring improvements like multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, number blocking, and more.
(Also see: Android N Developer Preview 3 Improvements: Everything You Need to Know)
Google made the Android Nougat announcement via Twitter but there’s no definite word yet on the release date of the new Android version other than the “later this summer” timeline announced earlier.
Before Thursday’s announcement the word nougat represented a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit.