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Android N

Android N, an upcoming Android mobile operating system, was first released as a developer preview in March, 2016 by Google. This year, the company will successively unveil the incremental update in the following months. We will follow the event and pose the latest news of Android N updates in the following box.

Android N
Update:Google announced more than 250 new features and enhancement for Android N at Google's I/O 2016 on Wednesday. At this event, we saw several exciting features coming to Android N, including updates to the notification shade, improved Android runtime, and not to forget Daydream. Apps will install 75% faster and the compiled code size will be reduced by 50%. Also, Android N introduces file-based encryption and media framework hardening to protect your phone. Long story short, Android N is going to be the best, fastest and most secure version of Android ever.

At present, Android "N" is the codename only. Like Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat, and so on, it is undoubtedly that Android N will also have a nickname. Although people have their own ideal name of N, Google has announced the official name of Android N, which is called Android Nougat.

Here is a list including names that may be adopted before. You can still poll on whichever one you prefer to.

Poll: which name do you more support

NaNut brittle
Nut roll
Neapolitan ice cream

Release Date

Google will release all versions of Android Nougat from March to September 2016. From the first announcement to the final release, you can expect an update each month (about 4-week interval).

Release Date          

March: Android N developer preview 1 (alpha)

April: Android N developer preview 2 (beta)

May: Android N developer preview 3 (beta)

June: Android N developer preview 4 (with final APIs and SDK)

July: Android N developer preview 5 (near-final build) 

August/September: Final Android 7.0 AOSP build

Android N Features

The Android N developer preview is unveiled. So what's new in Android N? So far, Android N comes with a series of new features. Now we can have a sneak peek into the current version and conjecture how it will eventually look like. Here is the story of Android Nougat:

  • Unicode 9.0 Emoji Support

    Android N introduces Unicode 9.0 emoji to the smartphone. New emojis are simpler. Plus, Android N is adding skin colors and brand-new design. All of the new emoji designs are collected in Android N.

  • Android N Emoji

  • Data Saver Mode

  • Data Saver

    The other interesting new highlight of Android N is data saver although it is not unique to Android N. The idea is to save data on your plan when you are on a mobile/cellular network. When connected to Wi-Fi, all apps can get data access as normal.

  • Menu button in System Settings

    In Android N, a three-line icon is embedded into the system settings. When you are in the "Wireless & networks menu, for example, you can touch that icon and jump to the other options like "Security".

  •  Menu button in System Settings

  • Reply from the Notifications Bar

  • Quickly Reply from the Notifications Bar

    This quick reply features allows you to reply text messages, e-mails, WhatsApp messages and so on from the notification itself. So you don't need to leave an app or even unlock your phone by entering the complicated password so as to answer the message.

  • Bundled Notifications

    In Android N, notification messages from the same application will be grouped together. These grouped alerts can be then be expanded into individual notifications using a two-finger gesture or tapping the all-new expansion button.

  • Bundled Notifications

  • 3D Touch Support

  • 3D Touch Support

    Like Apple's iPhone 6s, Google is baking support of 3D Touch in its Android N OS. The pressure-sensitive screen allows users to make use of shortcuts by pressing either lightly or heavily on the screen.

  • Camera Changes

    New icons differentiate the camera interface in Android N than that in Android M. By pressing a dedicated shutter button above the record button, you can snap photos when recording video. HDR mode is pretty faster than ever before. Plus, the Slow Motion comes back to the main menu. But note that not all new features are available on all Nexuses.

  • Camera Changes

  • Multi-window Mode

  • Multi-window Mode

    Android N brings a native and efficient multitasking system to Android phone. The multiple-window feature works on both tablets and phones. Because of multi-window mode, you can run two and more apps at once, resize them and move them around the screen however you like.

  • Android N Night Mode

    The system Tuner UI throws up another interesting feature – Night Mode. This has appeared before and this time Google will make it to a release version of Android. In Android N, there is the option to make this turn on automatically. So, when you lift your phone up at night, the color tone will change and blue light will reduced. So it's less of a strain on your eyes when playing with your phone in the dark.

  • Android N Night Mode

  • Change Display Size

  • Change Display Size

    On Android N device, you can change the display size. Just simply go to "Settings" > "Display" > "Display Size". Then slide the slider to change the size of the on-screen content.

Upgrade to Android Nougat

Should I consider a system upgrade? It can be the first question you bethink of when hearing about various features. Is it a right decision to upgrade from Android M to N? Take a look at the comparison of Android N and Android M.

So, the comparison makes up your mind to upgrade to Android N, right? If YES, prepare and install now.

Step 1. Check Android N Compatible Device
Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Android One.

Step 2. Back up Android Phone

Step 3. Download and install Android N

Upgrade to Android N

Android Nougat Troubleshootings

Upgrading Android N can lead to issues unexpected, for example, app crash, certain features not working and many more. Amongst them, data loss can be the most common problem. If this is happened, recover lost Android files in time.