Android N Name Will Be Known in a 'Few Weeks'

Android N Name Will Be Known in a 'Few Weeks'
Highlights
  • Google asked people for suggestions last month.
  • That project ended on Wednesday.
  • Android N is the next major step since last year's Marshmallow.

Last month at the company's developer-focused conference Google I/O, the search giant took it upon itself to take Android fans on a solely-for-entertainment-purposes ride by asking them for name suggestions for its newest version of the mobile OS, Android N.

That contest, so to speak, was supposed to last until June 8 and now that the date has come and gone, Google has said that it will reveal the name for Android N - which might or might not be a fan suggestion - in "a few weeks" time. The company also made a video reminiscent of its April 1 efforts back then to inspire people to come up with names, and it's following that up with another one that you can see below.

Android N will release in the fall with the new Nexus devices, and then will ship out to supporting devices over a period of two weeks to six months, depending on how responsive the manufacturer of your smartphone is. That means the world of Android users is heavily fractured at any given point, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow only recently hitting the double-digit mark.

Currently, the newest version of Android is available as a "developer preview" for a select bunch of devices. Android N is expected to bring in quite a few improvements that we already know of, from better multi-tasking, seamless updates and possibly the killer feature of all - instant apps.

Google also announced tons of new things alongside Android N developments at Google I/O last month, most notably the Alexa competitor Google Home, a new VR framework Daydream and two new messaging apps - Allo and Duo - amidst improvements to Android Wear, Auto and TV.

To refresh your memory, you can check out our full coverage of the three-day event in a written form, or listen to the Gadgets 360 podcast if you prefer a hands-free experience.

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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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