Final Android N Developer Preview Arrives

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Dev with 0 Comments

Final Android N Developer Preview Arrives

Google announced this week that it has issued the final Android N developer preview ahead of the mobile OS’s official launch. Like previous developer previews, this one is available mostly on select Nexus devices only.

“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,” Google vice president Dave Burke explains. “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.”

This final developer preview includes:

  • System images for Nexus and other preview devices
  • An emulator that developers can use for doing the final testing of their apps to make sure they’re ready
  • The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI
  • The latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in preinstalled apps

As with previous releases, Android N Developer Preview 5 is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices. If you’re already testing the preview, you should get this update automatically, Google says. But I’m not seeing it show up on my Nexus 6P yet for some reason.

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