Google releases Android Nougat Developer Preview 5
Android Nougat And more and more at the gates! Google yesterday released the Developer Preview 5 of the operating system, the last one before the official debut.
There are no sensational news to tell the truth, including the API level 24 definitive with which developers can test their apps and then publish them in alpha or beta in the Play Store, while for the rest it is mainly about bugfixes and a smoothing of the corners of the OS in view of the release to the public. here is the official changelog of Android Nougat and the still unresolved bugs:
New in DP5
Updated system images for supported devices and emulator
Developer Preview 5 includes near-final system images for supported devices and the Android emulator. The images include the final APIs (API level 24) for the upcoming Android N platform. When you are done testing, you can publish apps using API level 24 to Google Play, in alpha, beta, and production release channels.
Users may encounter system instability (such as kernel panics and crashes).
MapView may be blank when resized in multi-window mode and not focused.
Apps may encounter Intermittent issues recording and playing back video at 240fps.
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb mode may be set at device reboot. To work around the issue, delete the existing rule for VR as follows: go to Settings> Sound> Do not disturb> Automatic Rules and tap the trash icon next to the VR rule.
Screen zoom and multiple APKs in Google Play
On devices running Developer Preview 5, Google Play services 9.0.83 incorrectly reports the current screen density rather than the stable screen density. When screen zoom is enabled on these devices, this can cause Google Play to select a version of a multi-APK app that’s designed for smaller screens. This issue is fixed in the next version of Google Play services.
Vulkan support and multiple APKs in Google Play
On devices running Developer Preview 5, Google Play services 9.0.83 currently reports Vulkan support but not Vulkan version. This can cause Google Play to select a version of a multi-APK app that’s designed for lower Vulkan support on devices with higher version support. Currently, the Google Play Store does not accept uploads of Apps which use Vulkan version targeting. This support will be added to the Google Play Store in the future any Android N devices using the Google Play services 9.0.83 will continue to receive versions of Apps targeting basic Vulkan support.
The version of Google Maps included in Developer Preview 5 (9.30) crashes when used with Android Auto. This issue will be fixed in the next update to Google Maps (9.31), expected in the coming weeks
The good news is that the wait for the official release is almost over, In fact, Google informs us that it wants to launch Android Nougat “Later this summer”, therefore during this sultry summer, and if we were to take into account the releases of the various Developer Preview we should expect news presumably around late August / early September. Also for those wishing to interact directly with the Android development team, today at 21 (Italian time) will take place an AMA on Reddit during which it will be possible to ask your questions.
Users already subscribed to the Android Beta program they will receive the update via as always OTA on your device, but for those in a particularly hurry, the pictures of OTAs to update manually. There is also the possibility of flashing the entire system through these fileslike always.
We are almost there, so what are your expectations for the release of Android Nougat?