Google has confirmed that the official name of the forthcoming version of Android, until now known as Android N, will be Nougat. The company revealed the news on social media on Thursday, after asking users to suggest names following its I/O summit in May.
Nougat continues the 'sweet-treats' naming theme which Google has used since the original version of Android, Cupcake, was released in 2009.
Google did not reveal any new details about Android Nougat, a trial verion of which is already available with the latest Google–based smartphones.
Google unveiled a string of new features at I/O, including tweaks to the battery–boosting Doze function, new–look notifications, split–screen multitasking and support for the company’s new Daydream virtual reality system.
Android Nougat is expected to roll out to Nexus phones by the end of 2016, as well as appearing on a new Google–branded smartphone.
The latter has featured heavily in reports in recent weeks, with Google thought to be keen to strengthen its hand and take on Apple’s iPhone directly.
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