Android 7.0 Nougat robot

Confirmed: Android Nougat is coming

The name of the next version of Google’s mobile operating system has been announced. Android Nougat, which is due to be released later this year, has been unveiled on Twitter and Snapchat.

It was no secret that the next version of Android would be named after a word beginning with ‘N’, as names are chosen in alphabetical order. The current edition of the mobile OS is Android Marshmallow.

A confectionery-based name was also highly likely, in line with all previous Android versions.

In the past, Android names have often not come as a surprise, as early favourites emerge amongst enthusiasts, helped along by leaks to the media. This time round, however, there was no obvious contender, and Google went as far as asking the public to send in suggestions.

The contender that had received the most attention and support online was Nutella, and there has been a noticeable degree of disappointment on social media that the popular chocolate spread was not chosen.

However, in order to use the Nutella name, Google would have needed to agree terms with Ferrero, the Italian confectionery company which makes the chocolate spread.

There is a precedent for Google partnering with European confectionery companies to name an Android release, as an agreement with Switzerland’s Nestle saw the Android KitKat moniker used for version 4.4.

This time round, however, Google has gone with a more conventional option.

Android 7.0 Nougat is set to introduce a number of new features, including multi-window support, keyboard themes, a revised emoji set and improved notification handling.