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Android 7.0 Nougat will reportedly drop in August

by Brandon Russell | July 30, 2016July 30, 2016 8:30 am PST

The fifth and final Developer Preview of Android N was dropped earlier this month, which means the final release is coming soon. How soon? August soon. According to Evan Blass, Android 7.0 Nougat will release next month (with the Aug. 5 security patch, too).

Blass doesn’t provide an exact date for when the final version of Nougat will launch but it should be pretty early considering Google released the fifth Developer Preview back on July 18. Conversely, we got a glimpse of the first Developer Preview all the way back in March, so the newest version of Android has been baking for a while.

In addition to the release of Android 7.0, Blass revealed Nougat would not be available for Nexus 5 owners, which, honestly, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The preview releases of Android N have only been available for a handful of newer devices, including the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and it appears the beloved handset is just too old to support any longer.

Now, whether we’ll see new Nexus devices drop alongside the release of Android Nougat remains unclear. We’ve heard a lot about Marlin and Sailfish over these past several weeks, the supposed Nexus phones from HTC, but it seems a little early for Google to be dropping new phones when the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X were only released at the end of September of last year.

Some of the big features being introduced with Android Nougat includes a split-screen display mode, a redesigned notification shade, improved Doze, and more. We’ll let you know as soon as the software is released.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...