Good news for Android fans and developers who have been holding their breaths for the latest Android, ‘N-for-Nougat’ developer preview. Google has launched the fifth and final developer preview of the operating system. The update also means that the actual release slated for summer, may be around the corner.
Here is what’s new in the latest developer preview.
- System images for Nexus and other preview devices.
- An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they’re ready.
- The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI.
- The latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in preinstalled apps.
Google has also recommended developers to ensure that their applications are compatible with features unique to Nougat, such as Doze on the Go, background optimizations, screen zoom, permissions changes etc.
Google has asked developers to make maximum utilization of all the new stuff that has been packed into Android Nougat as well. And Nougat has a bunch of fantastic new features, make no mistake. Multi-window support, Notification enhancements including direct reply, direct boot, new emoticons are only a few of the newly incorporated goodies being debuted by Android 7.0.
Google has also offered recommendations upon how developers should publish their applications to the play store — something it believes should be done as soon as possible, further encouraging rumours of an impending Android N rollout.
After testing your apps with Developer Preview 5 you should publish the updates to Google Play soon. We recommend compiling against, and optionally targeting, API 24 and then publishing to your alpha, beta, or production channels in the Google Play Developer Console.
After that, it would be the routine business of releasing the app to a select group of users, receiving their feedback, making the required corrections if any, and finally doing a staged rollout as the updated app is released to all users.
Developers enrolled in the Android Beta program will automatically receive the Developer Preview 5 update on their registered device in form of an OTA. However, if you still haven’t registered your device, there is still time to do so by visiting android.com/beta and choosing an eligible Android phone or tablet from a drop down list.
The Nougat Developer Preview is currently available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices. Meanwhile, the Android engineering team is also hosting a Reddit AMA on r/androiddev to answer technical questions posed by developers regarding the upcoming platform on July 19, from 12-2 PM (Pacific Time).
Well, that is it from the developer news-stand. Meanwhile, Android Nougat is around the corner ladies and gentlemen and its shaping up to be one of the most exciting Android releases ever. I can hardly contain my excitement. What about you? Do you think Google has finally outdone itself with Nougat? Do let us know your thoughts by commenting right below.