On May 18 will kick off another edition of Google’s Annual I/O Developer Conference and the fans already know that the company will offer more information about the upcoming Android N OS, which is rumored to be released earlier than Marshmallow. On the other hand, reports say that next year, Google will launch a Nexus smartphone and a tablet, again, in collaboration with Huawei and LG. They might be unveiled in May.
It isn’t known yet if Google will bring any Nexus device in 2016, but a tipster posted on Weibo that Huawei will return in 2017, after the big success with the Nexus 6P phablet. The Chinese manufacturer is reportedly working on the Google Nexus 7 (2016) tablet, but its specs aren’t known yet.
On the other hand, LG will be in charge to build a smartphone which will follow in the steps of the Nexus 5X, which means that it might feature a plastic body, high end specs and an affordable price.
Google hasn’t decided yet how to name its upcoming Android N OS, but some of the rumored names are Nutella and Nougat. However, months ago, Google was considering conducting an online poll to choose the name of the next operating system.
The Developer Preview is currently tested on the Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) and the users are slowly getting familiarized with the upcoming features. Andrew Bowers, Product Manager at Google, told Tech Times that “There are many things, like multi-window, that we’ve been spending a lot of time on — hopefully, we can share more about this soon. We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday… But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!”
Besides the multi-window mode, Android N will bring a freeform window mode, an enhanced Doze feature, a tweaked Settings menu, the possibility to change the display size and to use the Dark mode.
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