There have been a lot of changes recently in the Android Developer Preview since it began in 2014. Android L, which was the first OS in this program, only got one developer preview. The next generation, Android M, received 3 previews. Now Google has been kicking it up a notch with Android N, releasing this month the fifth preview for it. People have been wondering now what are they further preparing.
Usually, Google doesn’t release final versions for Android OS until October. However, given the extensive and fast development for Android 7.0 Nougat, many people are wondering if we will get the chance to enjoy the new OS sooner.
There has been a post on Reddit recently that told the story of an user who tried to go back to Android 6.0.1 from the Android N developer preview. Instead of succeeding with this, he accidentally went to the Android 7 NRD90M build. If you didn’t know, whenever there’s an R in the build name, it’s for “release”, so this might have been an internal version that the guys from Google are testing before the final release. This might hint to the fact that we might get the new update sooner than we expect it.
Usually, Google launches Android versions alongside the tablets and phones under the Nexus name. There is indeed a possibility that they will release Android N for Nexus devices first, since they have shown in the past that they’re not afraid to break their own rules, but since we have no official information, all we can do is speculate. It remains to be seen though how many of the rumors and speculations will eventually come true, since many people are believing contradictory information.