Google's mobile OS team Android released the fifth and final instalment of the Nougat Developer Preview OS to registered programmers and also revealed that the public version will be rolled out in the summer, probably by the end of August or early September.
The Android Nougat Developer Preview is compatible with Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One). Device users have to enroll into Android N Beta program to become eligible to receive the update via OTA (Over-The-Air).
"As we close in on the public rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat to devices later this summer, today we're releasing Developer Preview 5, the last milestone of this preview series. Last month's Developer Preview included the final APIs for Nougat; this preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices, helping you get your app ready for consumers," Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, Android, said on the official blog.
Official Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview v5.0 change log:
- System images for Nexus and other preview devices
- An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they're ready
- The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviours and UI
- The latest bug fixes and optimisations across the system and in preinstalled apps
Here's how to apply for Android Beta program.
Step 1: Log in to Android N Beta program webpage [HERE]
Step 2: Choose the devices you want to receive the Android N updates
Step 3: Click Enroll, read and agree to the terms of service, and then click OK
Once you've enrolled, your device will soon receive an OTA update. In most cases, you will not need to do a full reset of your data to move to Android N, but it's recommended that you back up any data you don't want to lose before enrolling the device.
To check for OTA update, perform the following steps:
Got Settings >> About phone >> check System updates
Device owners will receive the update notification and then select download and install the OS. Phone will automatically reboot and the Android N preview will be installed.
Besides the Nexus series, Sony Xperia Z3 owners can also apply for this program [More information, HERE].
Google has stated that after the conclusion of the Developer Preview assignment, programmers' enrolled devices will receive an official public version Android N update.
If the developers wishes to quit from the preview program mid-way, they can un-enroll their devices from the Android Beta program at any time from the Android Beta site. Before un-enrolling, programmers are advised to back-up the data on the device.