The name continues the tradition of naming major Android releases after desserts. It all started with Android 1.5 Cupcake, followed by Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.0 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Last month at its annual developer conference Google I/O, the company had invited users to help name Android N. It’s not clear if the Android Nougat name was the popular choice among the suggestions, or it’s something Google narrowed down on its own.
Android Nougat is in it’s second Beta and introduces:
- an improved notification shade
- split-screen multitasking
- improved Doze functionality
- includes Daydream, Google’s new VR platform – supported only on Daydream-ready handsets.
Google made the Android Nougat announcement via Twitter. There’s no definite word yet on the release date of the new Android version other than the “later this summer” timeline announced earlier.
Before Thursday’s announcement the word nougat represented a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit.
We’re hoping it’s not just the name of this version that’s sweet.