After many months of calling the next release simply “Android N,” Google has finally settled on a name.
The company revealed Nougat on its Snapchat channel and Twitter, which included uncovering the latest statue to grace the Google campus.
— Android (@Android) June 30, 2016
Google names its Android versions after what it calls “sweet treats.” Though the first two releases had no corresponding name, the early 1.5 release was named “Cupcake.” From there, each new version of Android takes on the name of some sort of sweet food, each name beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. After Cupcake came Donut, then Eclair, all the way through corporate-sponsored “KitKat” (version 4.4), and last year’s “Marshmallow” (6.0).
What is Nougat?
Google hasn’t detailed the official version number yet, but most of its Android N images and mockups display a time of 7:00 on the clock, which is a clear indication that it will be 7.0. Google did the same with the clock on its mockups of previous Android releases. Nougat is currently in beta and expected for release this fall. What is nougat, exactly?
It’s part of a family of confections that are made with roasted nuts, sugar, honey, whipped egg whites, and usually chopped, candied fruit. It’s particularly popular in India, the birthplace of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Here in the U.S., it’s typically one of the ingredients in a larger candy bar (like Snickers or 3 Musketeers).