The final Android 7.0 Nougat beta update for the developers has been released. According to the official Android Developers page, the Android N 7.0 Developer Preview 5, which carries the build number NPD90G, is now available for eligible devices such as the Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, General Mobile 4G (Android One), and Pixel C.
The last beta update for the Android N 7.0 can be accessed via the Android Beta program or through manual installation, Team Android noted. This is the final Developer Preview before the anticipated public release of Google’s latest version of its mobile device. According to Computer World, the stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat is set for release “later this summer.”
The final Android Nougat Developer Preview also contains bug fixes, enhancements as well as pre-installed apps. Further discussing what’s new in the final beta update for Android 7.0 Nougat for developers, Android Developers website read the following.
“Developer Preview 5 includes near-final system images for supported devices and the Android emulator. The images include the final APIs (API level 24) for the upcoming Android N platform. When you are done testing, you can publish apps using API level 24 to Google Play, in alpha, beta, and production release channels.”
Developers working with this Android Nougat beta update need to make sure that their app “handles all of the system behavior changes in Android N, like Doze on the Go, background optimizations, screen zoom, permissions changes, and more.” the Android Developer Blog shared. With the latest test build for Android Nougat, developers can also take advantage of new features such as notifications enhancements, Direct Boot, Direct Reply, and new emojis among others.
Another highlight of the Android 7.0 Nougat update is the multi-window support, a feature which basically enables a number of apps to share the screen at the same time.
“On handheld devices, two apps can run side-by-side or one-above-the-other in split-screen mode, Android specified. “On TV devices, apps can use picture-in-picture mode to continue video playback while users are interacting with another app.”
Android Nougat is also getting an improved Doze mode, the battery-saving feature first made available in the Marshmallow OS. There are also fresh things to find from the Google Camera. According to Android Authority,Google Camera 4.1 was pre-installed in the latest beta update, bringing in new features such as customizable volume key actions. Furthermore, options for settings such as flash, timer, and HDR now appear in a full-width view.
Another change to expect from the latest Android N 7.0 DP5 is that the VR mode is now available in the Display settings. Accordingly, upon installing the beta update, developers should find a “When device is in VR mode” setting in Display menu and should give them options like “use low motion blur settings” and “do nothing.”
For more of the biggest features supported by Android N, watch this YouTube video from The Verge.
One of the known issues from the Android N Developer Preview 5 possible system instability like crashing and kernel panics. It is also possible for the Do Not Disturb mode to be set during device reboot, but a workaround has been provided by Android Developer’s official page.
Expected alongside the public rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat are two new devices, the Nexus 6P (2016) and Nexus 5X (2016). Android Authority explained that Google releases the latest Android version together with new devices. Furthermore, the report noted that with the confirmed Q3 release timeframe for the Android 7.0 Nougat, tech fans can hope that the major firmware update will arrive on or before September 30.
Nougat, the official name for Android N, was officially confirmed by Google early this month. Meanwhile, the first Android Nougat Developer Preview began rolling out on March 9, which according to Android Authority, is two months ahead than predicted. Could this be an indication that the Android 7.0 Nougat will get its public release much earlier as well?