Android N version number seemingly revealed by Samsung

Android N version number seemingly revealed by Samsung
Last month, when Google unveiled Android N (more exactly, a Developer Preview of it), it didn't say what version number the new iteration of the OS would get. However, looking at the major Android versions launched in 2014 and 2015 (5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow, respectively), one would assume that Android N would be version 7.0. According to Samsung, this might indeed be the case.

Samsung recently released a new SDK (software development kit) for its MultiWindow feature - found on many Galaxy devices - mentioning that this comes with "Android N (7.0) compatibility." Since Samsung is one of Google's most important partners, it probably knows more about Android N than us, so we're inclined to believe that 7.0 is Android N's correct version number.  

Of course, we can't say that the version number of Android N is of great importance. What matters more is the confectionery-themed name that this iteration of Android will have - because that's what's going to show up more prominently in marketing materials. Google has plenty of names to choose from, including Nougat, Nutella, Nanaimo bar, Nut roll, Neapolitan ice cream, and so on. Until we hear more about this, make sure to check out our Android N Developer Preview Review.

Android N version number seemingly revealed by Samsung

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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18 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1430; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So it isn't 6.2? Wonder why Google is pushing each update to a brand new number as of Marshmallow.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm assuming they wanted to move away from anything that has 5.0 due to how bad lollipop was.

4. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

6.2 doesn't have 5.0 in it tho... Nor is it called Lollipop, so that was a pretty pathetic attempt at trolling

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6655; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is Mxyzptlk for you. He always comes to any Android related article to cut it up in any way shape or form. Whats worse is he pretends like knows all about Android, yet he doesn't know his head from his @$$. Not to mention he will try to preach his love of Apple in some way, shape or form.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6655; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think the new split screen and voice activations are a major upgrade to Android, so in MHO it warrants a new version.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep Android will finally have native support for split-screen, but us Samsung users have enjoyed this without native support. Thank you Samsung for not waiting on Google's slow ass. It would seem Google would have added this support in Honeycomb when they made Android for tablets to make it be differnt than their phones. Thank goodness Samsung came to the rescure with TW and teh Tab and Note which later all support splitscreen. Windowsing app is a native supported feature on all desktop operating systems. I can understand that many smartphones were to small to have this feature to be useful. But now that we have tablets ate larger screen phones, this feature just seem to have just been a common sense move to have and the only company with the common sense to have it was Samsung, the leader and Android behemoth.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you're just being salty because I made a fair point.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How so? If Marshmallow is 6.0, whatever else should you call it? KitKat and Lollipop both had major updates. But after being nearly a year old, what is the point to keep updating them? You simply do a new firmware. Was iOS8 Apple moving from how crappy iOS7 was? This isn't Microsoft. We known lots or people didn't like Vista. Windows 7 was basically Vista. They both used the same Kernel number. Vista was 6.0, Windows 7 is 6.1. Just like XP was 5.1 to Windows 2000 which was 5.0. Both had sigmas that MS fixed with a new name. But Lollipop only has the memory issue. What was so bad about Lollipop that it has a stigma? NOTHING I recall.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Either come up with a real reason as to why my comment was wrong or don't bother at all.

13. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I recently downgraded my n7 2013 to 4.4.4 from 6.0 Its so much better now .

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

IIRC they announced that was the plan after KitKat. It allows them to easier differentiate each new iteration (N, O, P, etc) with a new version number. Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, and KitKat were all part of Android 4. This makes more sense and makes it easier to tell the major releases from the minor ones.

2. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

ahhh samsung so fired!! lOL

5. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

On a semi-related note, T-Mobile pushed out it's Marshmallow update today for the Galaxy 6 . Just finished updating

6. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

I really wish Samsung would make a Nexus device.

8. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Same I want a Nexus device with all the s7 edge specs.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

To be fair they've already had a few, the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus, and the Nexus 10.

10. .KRATOS.

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well I hope this time Samsung will release the next update sooner than what they've done with marshmallow

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well seeing as we are on Android M which is 6.0. Should we be surprised that Android N is 7.0? I mean this isn't a leak, it just plain common sense obvious. This is a stupid article! Among many!

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