Samsung lists S Pen and Edge features to be 'deprecated in N', possibly referring to future Android N version

Samsung lists S Pen and Edge features to be 'deprecated in N', possibly referring to future Android N version
Samsung inadvertently revealed the name of its upcoming Galaxy S7 sidekick, called Galaxy S7 Edge, listing it as a compatible device in the new edge screen modes that are coming with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its phones with flexible displays. 

The company made these entries on its website, in the developer section that deals with the Look SDK - a tool which helps devs take advantage of Samsung's unique input options that are the S Pen and the side-sloping edge displays on some of its phone lines.

Right there at the top of the webpage, Samsung begins with "Look offers specialized widgets and service components for extended functions of the Samsung Android devices," and continues with listing the Edge and Note line functions in question:

So far, so good - this is stuff that is already present on the Edge and Note lines, or coming with the Marshmallow update very soon. What catches the attention, however, is the add-on "will be deprecated in N" after some of the functions. Now, what would that "N" be, and what does "deprecated" mean in this context? Well, we can only guess that the word is used in its literal sense of "discouragement of use of some feature, design or practice, typically because it has been superseded." Thanks, dictionary.

That's all fine and dandy, so some of today's functions of the S Pen stylus and edge displays will give way to something else, but how about that "N"? Again, Samsung's own entry further down the page gives us a hint. When talking about compatibility of the Edge Single Plus viewing mode, it codes it as "Edge Single Plus mode is supported in Galaxy S6 Edge M OS, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ M OS." Yesterday this line continued with "and Galaxy S7 Edge M OS," but today all S7 Edge references have been deleted already. The "M" here seems to stand for Android Marshmallow, as that's the update that will bring the Edge Single Plus and other new modes to Samsung's handsets in the Edge and Note lines. 

Thus, it may be logical to deduce that "will be deprecated in N" might mean that these features will no longer be viable in Android N, or whatever Google names its next Android 7.0 update. Now, whether this means that the next version of Android will have native support for them, or they will simply be superseded by something else by Samsung, remains to be seen, yet the story here is that this may be the first official reference to the upcoming Android N. Google's Sundar Pichai already tweeted that the I/O developer conference will take place a bit earlier than usual this year, on May 18-20, and it will be in a different place than usual, so we can rightfully expect some grand announcement regarding Android then, what do you think?

source: Samsung



1. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yea they will update their flagship phones with N 6 Months after its released, if people are lucky as evidenced by Android M updates.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The S7 and S7 Edge are being released in March 6 months from March is September That would be insanely fast update time Might even beat Google to the punch!

5. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

It refers to the update, not phone.

10. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Ignorance is Bliss for him

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

-.- Not sure if serious Or playing along :)

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

He means that they'll get Android 6 months after it releases, not 6 months after the S7/S7 Edge launches.

12. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

That's optimistic of him!

3. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I love my Note 3 and my Note 5 ! S Pen is a must have for me and smartclip is great.

4. mariow2015

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Soo excited to get my hands on an Edge ! :)


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well guess it's too early for android N even in talks for Samsung cause we still waiting the the M to hit n still haven't yet

7. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Even after Google started making available beta version of the next Android version some OEMs still take months to update their devices, once the official version is released.

8. FluffyBled unregistered

Not sure about the edge, but it seems Google is planning to add stylus support in Android N! And since these features will be deprecated, they will probably stop working 2-3 versions after Android N!

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