Google has released the final developer preview, Developer Preview 5, before the public launch of Android 7.0 Nougat. It is the last milestone of this preview series.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s included in the final Developer Preview of Nougat:
- System images for Nexus and other preview devices
- An emulator that you can use for doing the final testing of your apps to make sure they’re ready
- The final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviors and UI
- The latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and in pre installed apps
Working with this latest Developer Preview, you should make sure your app handles all of the system behavior changes in Android N, like Doze on the Go, background optimizations, screen zoom, permissions changes, and more. Plus, you can take advantage of new developer features in Android N such asMulti-window support, Direct Reply and other notifications enhancements, Direct boot, new emojis and more.
Publish your apps to alpha, beta or production channels in Google Play
After testing your apps with Developer Preview 5 you should publish the updates to Google Play soon. We recommend compiling against, and optionally targeting, API 24 and then publishing to your alpha, beta, or production channels in the Google Play Developer Console. A great strategy to do this is using Google Play’s beta testing feature to get early feedback from a small group of users — including Developer Preview users — and then doing a staged rollout as you release the updated app to all users.
How to get Developer Preview 5
If you are already enrolled in the Android Beta program, your devices will get the Developer Preview 5 update right away, no action is needed on your part. If you aren’t yet enrolled in Android Beta, the easiest way to get started is by visiting android.com/beta and opt-in your eligible Android phone or tablet — you’ll soon receive this preview update over-the-air. As always, you can also download and flash this update manually. The Nougat Developer Preview is available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices.