The fifth and final Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview has begun rolling out to eligible devices today. As announced at Google IO this year, the Android Team was planning on five versions of this year’s early access developer preview. Taking this opportunity to look back over the Android N preview cycle, we think that it has been an unprecedented success. Sure there were some issues, some features added and removed but on the whole, this developer preview has felt more stable than the final release of Lollipop.
So what is in the final preview release?
- 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 behaviours and UI
- The latest bug fixes and optimisations across the system and in pre-installed apps
Unlike the first few releases this preview is all about the developers with no apparent user-facing changes, and to be honest that’s what we’re expecting. It would hardly be logical to launch a new suite of untested features in the last test build of an OS.
If you haven’t given Nougat a go yet you can either enrol in the beta or Flash your device manually. 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.
As the OTA update files become available we will post a link to those. If you’re interested in finding out from the Google Engineers more about this preview and the entire process they will be holding a Reddit AMA on July 19 from 12 – 3PM (Pacific Time) which is 5 – 7 AM Wednesday morning AEST.
Have you used the Android N Dev Preview? How did you find it? Let us know below.