The final Android Nougat Developer Preview (version 5) released

The final Android Nougat Developer Preview (version 5) released
Very recently news came out saying the final version of Android Nougat could begin rolling out to users much sooner than expected and it looks like we're one step closer to that full release. Google has announced the Android Nougat Developer Preview version 5 is being released to beta testers now and has confirmed this will be the final preview version of the software.

Google hasn't released a proper change log for this final version of the Android Nougat Developer Preview so it's hard to say what exactly will be different, although Google does list the known issues with the latest update. Of course, the update certainly brings a number of bug fixes and improvements, so we'd hope Google squashed more bugs than it introduced. Version 4 of the Android N Developer Preview already included the final APIs, so developers can continue to update apps to make sure everything works. 

Google has always said it planned to release the Android N full version in Q3, which would mean any time between now and the end of September. Still, that release would only be for supported Nexus devices, then it would be a race for manufacturers to get their updates ready to roll. 

If you're in the beta program, let us know if you're seeing version 5 of Android Nougat because it has yet to hit our devices. And, let us know if you see any big changes.

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23 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

We're almost there! Android Nougat A.K.A Android custom ROM

2. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

"then it would be a race for manufacturers to get their updates ready to roll." If only that was the case...... (I'm no troll, I use Android)

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Native split screen and picture in picture on smartphones is making an iOS user like me jealous. I don't get why Apple is providing this feature for 2gb RAM iPad but not for 2gb RAM iPhone.

4. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I honestly don't see the advantage of that. If the clipboard works ok, split screen is almost useless. The screen is not that big to accommodate two windows and make them useful, mobile usage does not require that kind of multitask. You can be jealous of other stuff like Launchers and high res screen, but PiP or Split Screen is not one of that. Using my iphone SE I start to ask myself why apple waited so long to add 2gb of RAM. The system is SO smooth compared to iphone 6 (the cpu is not that different or play a crucial part in daily usage, they both are great)

10. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

On an iPhone SE, sure. On a 5.7 inch screen, yeah, it's useful.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh... I honestly don't use them, but maybe because I've just grown accustom to not using them, I figure in time I might used them a lot more.

23. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

On my Nexus 6 O.G this is sweet....5.9" screen with split view is awesome. If you have a puny 4" or even 5" screen maybe not. The last N preview seems to be working the smoothest so far for me. Unless the Nexus 2016 comes with a 5.8 or larger screen it will be a Note 7 for me and probably a Nexus 6P on project Fi as a back up....let the fun begin baby.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Nothing to report thus far on my Nexus 6P. I'll give you a shout if that changes though.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Noget because we all know a lot of Android users probably won't receive Nougat.

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

You can always get a Nexus.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're missing the point. Besides I already have a Nexus.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's like you're someone who bought a Ferrari, but still complains about the substandard features of Toyota Camry because they feel that somehow it still impacts your driving experience. I do not understand you at all.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's a troll. It's why he keeps getting limited by PA.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

His negativity is bringing me down though. Cheer up Emo kid!

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

#ButthurtDetected You can call me names, but it still doesn't change my point at all.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And you never argued my point in a previous article that people might find more value in a specific model phone that outweighs the importance of having the latest OS update. So your argument that fragmentation is a user issue is not the case. It's Google's issue, the Android users are fine with what they have because they made the decision to get the phones they have.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm not calling you names, I'm pointing out your motivations. Not that I need to, they're clear.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your example just proves how one-sided you are.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

My example simply points out how you cry about something that has absolutely zero relevance to you. You're always so negative and I'm trying to figure out why... Not enough hugs growing up?

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why is it that I see other trolls being limited or outright banned, but your incessant trolling and theatrics go undeterred. What's wrong with this site and its moderators.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know, I got a warning for calling him out though. :P I was really shocked when it happened because it was for a really tame comment I made towards him, and in the past I had been so vulgar and crude towards him to test what it would take to get a warning.... This site makes no sense to me.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's been limited several times. Then, he behaves for a little while, but before long he's back to it. He'll be limited again.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

For anyone who's not interested in waiting for the update, here's a link for you to check out. http://9to5google.com/2016/07/18/android-n-developer-preview-5-download/

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