New Delhi: Google’s Android Nougat, the version 7.0 of Android mobile OS, will be launched as early as 5 August, if known leaker and tipster Evan Blass is to be believed.
Blass put out a tweet over the weekend, saying, “Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you."
It remains to be seen whether the 5 August security patch actually arrives on that date.
This also means that Nexus owners will be the first ones to sample the latest flavour of Android (except for the Nexus 5, of course). Expect over-the-air updates to come to the Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, Pixel C, and 9, according to greenbot.com.
If the news is indeed true and the launch happens in the beginning of August, Google would be breaking off from the norm in recent years of releasing any new operating system in October or November.
But an August release doesn’t mean Android device users can start using Nougat right away, according to a report in cnet.com. “Attribute the delay to the Android upgrade process. After Google launches a new version, phone makers and wireless carriers must test it on every device before they can plan and implement a rollout. That means Android users often have to wait months to receive the latest version," the report added.
Typically, Google rolls out a new flavour of Android to its own Nexus devices before the software wends its way to makers of other phones.
Google started rolling out the Developer Preview 5 of Android 7.0 Nougat with final APIs back in late July. The Developer Preview 5 offers near-final system updates for all the supported devices. Google, however, is dropping support for Nexus 5 which is almost three years old, reported the Financial Express.
The company released Android N earlier this year, reported Mint, at the developer preview of Android N, which came to be officially known as Android Nougat in June-end, according to Android Police.
Some of the innovative features unveiled for the new operating system include multi-window support, number blocking, call screening and notification enhancement, among other things, Mint reported.