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Android Nougat will have regularly scheduled maintenance updates

Amid all the hubbub of Nougat officially arriving, we’re not seeing a whole lot of new information. Except for this little tidbit.

Published onAugust 22, 2016

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Amid all the hubbub of Android 7.0 officially arriving, we’re not seeing a whole lot of new information from Google. Indeed, practically everything about the consumer version of Nougat is identical to the fifth Developers Preview, so while it’s great that Nougat is finally here, there’s not much we haven’t already seen going on. Google did, however, sneak one tiny little morsel into their announcement blog post.

In the post, which “takes the final wrapper” off Nougat, Android VP of Engineering Dave Burke gives us all the information we want to hear. We know which devices Nougat is coming to and how to get our hands on it today if we aren’t willing to wait for the rollout. But what the post also makes note of is the fact that Nougat will be getting regular maintenance updates over the coming quarters.

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Basically, although Nougat is ‘finished,’ there are still some nicks and divots that the developers want to polish over. They’ve even put out the call to keep reporting bugs as you find them so that they can address these issues in the scheduled maintenance updates.

We’ll be closing open bugs logged against Developer Preview builds soon, but please keep the feedback coming! If you still see an issue that you filed in the preview tracker, just file a new issue against Android 7.0 in the AOSP issue tracker.

What are your thoughts regarding these maintenance updates? Let us know your take in the comments below!

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