The fifth Developer Preview of Android 7.0 Nougat was released yesterday and until September, or October, when the new operating system is expected to be released, Google won’t bring another developer preview. So, if you have a supported Nexus device and you’ve enrolled in the Android N Developer Preview Program, then this final developer preview gives you near-final system updates that will help you get your applications ready for public, when Nougat will be released.
Changes in Android Nougat developer Preview 5:
– new smojis;
– direct boot;
– direct reply and other notifications enhancements;
– multi-window support;
– system images for Nexus and other preview devices’
– an emulator that can be used for final testing of your applications that will be released for Android Nougat;
– the final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI;
– bug fixes and performance improvements.
Developers who create applications and test tem using the emulator in DP 5 will be able to publish them to alpha, beta or production channels in the Google Play Developer Console.
The Developer Preview 5 can be installed on Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C or General Mobile 4G devices. Their owners must be already enrolled in the Android Beta program or to visit android.com/beta and to introduce their model of device from the list of eligible smartphones and tablets and to wait to receive the preview update over-the-air. Users who don’t want to wait to receive the OTA update can manually download and flash Developer Preview 5.
In the previous Developer Preview, Google has changed the Quick Settings toggle action when pressed once, as now it takes users to a mini settings menu; recently used emoji have been removed from Google Keyboard, as they appeared in the suggested word field of the symbol tab; Custom Pointer API was added for developers to test their applications and to make their ready for keyboard and mouse control.