Google held its annual developer conference last week and during the event, a first public beta of Android N was unveiled.
While in the past the Google I/O event has been used to showcase the first developer beta of a new Android OS, this year’s moves by Google seem to promise an early release for the new Android N. Still, this doesn’t mean all supported devices will have the OS as soon as Google announces the stable version. Instead, OEMs have to make their own tweaks and run multiple tests before releasing the same, but modified update to their devices – Samsung is one such OEM.
At the moment, there is no name for Android N and instead, Google wants the public to come up with suggestions. Despite the lack of a name, the OS has come features already confirmed to be coming later on this year. Apparently, HTC has confirmed that it will be bringing Android N to its newer devices within a month of the OS’ release. As a result, users of HTC 10, HTC One M9 and One A9 can expect to get the OS before the end of this year.
On the contrary, Samsung has remained coy on the matter. Nevertheless, we have an early look at what to expect from Samsung Galaxy devices with respect to the new Android N.
What the rumor mill says
According to the latest reports, Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will possibly come with Android N out of the box. If this is the case, we will probably see quick releases for the rest of this year’s flagships, that is, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. This news has been confirmed by Sam Mobile, claiming that the South Korean company might avail this update during the last quarter of this year.
Apart from this year’s models, we also expect to see the same OS come to devices such as the entire Samsung Galaxy S6 line-up including the Active variant, which at the moment has yet to receive the Marshmallow update. As for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, it remains to be seen whether Android N will be supported. However, if the company decides to stick with its plan of rolling out updates to devices that are less than two years old, the 2014 flagships will definitely be left out.
However, don’t be surprised to see these still capable devices updated with the latest Android N, especially the much-loved Galaxy Note 4, but this might happen later on in 2017.
Android N release date for Samsung Galaxy devices
As pointed out earlier, Samsung will be availing the latest Android N to its newer flagships before the end of this year. This is a good move considering the fact that the company has been accused of delaying Android updates, something it is ready to make amends for.