Google has finally made it official -- the latest version of its Android mobile operating system is called Android Nougat. The company made the announcement live by way of its Snapchat and Twitter accounts, effectively ending several months of rumors, guesswork, and even suggestions from Android mobile users.
Google has always been playful when it goes about its business, and it shows in its naming conventions. For its mobile operating system, it has selected sweet inspired names proceeding alphabetically from the previous iteration. In the weeks leading up to the official announcement, many an Android user wondered if Android N’s official name will be Nutella, Neapolitan, and even playfully, Noaty McNoatface.
The tech giant even requested its fans to submit name suggestions. According to a spokesperson from Google, the company got millions of submitted names from across the globe. But Google has decidedly put an end to all that speculation, and has even introduced a brand new Android Nougat statue in its headquarter grounds in California, USA. Nougat, it turned out, was one of the most frequently suggested by fans, and the name certainly has its advantages, chiefly its being a non-brand name, unlike say Nutella or Nerds. Android typically avoids brands, except for Android KitKat, which required a licensing deal on Google’s part.
Android Nougat is the 12th version of Google’s immensely popular mobile OS (it is considered the most widely used operating system for mobile devices around the world) to get a name inspired by a sweet. To refresh your memory, the previous versions are Android 1.5 Cupcake, Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.0 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the current Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For the latest upcoming version, the update will be designated Android 7.0 Nougat.
Earlier this year, Google had introduced its Android N Preview, and then later released it subsequently. Naturally, the preview generated some buzz especially with regards to new features, which include support for multiple windows, bundled alerts and notices, picture in picture view capability, and a new virtual reality mode. Users can also look forward to seamless system upgrades, more than 250 features and updates, and courtesy of new Vulkan application program interfaces (APIs), Android mobile users can expect some enhanced graphics.
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