Final Android Nougat Dev Preview Out, Amid Salesforce Changes
With just weeks to go before the public launch of Android 7.0 Nougat, Google yesterday released the final developer preview of its mobile operating system. The latest OS update will introduce a number of new features for Android users, including support for multiple windows, enhanced notifications and new emojis.
Set to be released later this summer, Android Nougat is also set to bring new improvements for better battery life and memory, along with changes designed to make it easier for Android for Work users to manage accounts, passwords and secondary devices.
The new version of Android will replace Marshmallow, which came out in October. The name "Nougat" was chosen after users submitted their suggestions, including nachos, nectar and neyyappam, in a first-ever Google naming poll.
"[T]his preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices, helping you get your app ready for consumers," vice president of engineering Dave Burke wrote yesterday in a post on Google's Android developers blog. He said the latest version, Google's fifth such release for developers, marked the "last milestone of this preview series."
Members of Google's Android engineering team were scheduled to discuss further details of this release with users later today in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session.
Developers will be able to test the preview version of Android Nougat on the latest Google Android devices, including the Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C. The release will also run on General Mobile 4G devices running Google's Android One OS.
Google released its first developer preview of Android Nougat -- then referred to only as "Android N" -- just six months after it rolled out Android Marshmallow to the public. The accelerated release was aimed at allowing more developer feedback to be incorporated into the final version of Nougat, according to Google.
Along with its first developer preview for Nougat, Google also introduced a new Android Beta Program that will enable developers to receive ongoing, over-the-air updates of the mobile operating system.
Changing Android Support at Salesforce
In other Android-related news, Salesforce has revealed that starting with the winter 2017 update of its Salesforce1 cloud-based software for customer service and support professionals, it will no longer provide technical support or bug fixes for older iOS and Android devices.
Discontinued Salesforce1 support will apply to all Android phones except the Samsung Galaxy S5, S6 and S7, along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Google Nexus 5X and 6P. Salesforce will also stop support for iPhones earlier than the iPhone 5 and 5c.
The move is aimed at ensuring that Salesforce no longer has to provide support for such a wide range of Android and iOS devices. "Due to the wide array of available Android devices, we are targeting our support to a select number of Android devices to continue improving our overall Salesforce1 for Android user experience," the company said in a support document.