The closer a new product gets to its launch date, the harder it becomes to keep secret. In preparation for a release, increasing numbers of people become involved, as companies share details with partners.
And it may be this type of scenario has resulted in the accidental leaking of the release date for Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Canadian mobile network TELEUS has recently provided a helpful chart to its customers, showing when software updates are due to role out to a number of devices.
Whilst most of the updates are listed as either security of bug fixes, there are two striking exceptions.
In amongst the devices scheduled to receive updates are last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. On 22 August, both smartphones are due to receive what TELEUS has labelled an ‘Android N Update’.
Last month Android Wafer reported on the possibility of Android Nougat being released in August. This would break with the pattern of recent years, which has seen new versions of the operating system released around October.
It is looking increasing likely that Android Nougat could be soft launched. This would mean updates start to become available for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners on Monday, with the release likely supported by information on the web promoting the new features of the revised OS.