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Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat 115

We finally know what N in Android N stands for: Nougat. Google made the announcement on Thursday. The Android maker always names smartphone operating system updates after candies and other sweet treats. The past few versions, for instances, are named Marshmallow, Eclair, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. Naming aside, Android N brings with it a range of interesting features such as multi-window support, better battery efficiency, and the ability to reply to messages straight from the notification. Enthusiasts who own a Nexus 6 or a newer Nexus device, can give a whirl to the preview of Android N on their device. The final version of Android N will be made available later this year.
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Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat

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  • Nerds (Score:5, Funny)

    by Vireo ( 190514 ) on Thursday June 30, 2016 @12:52PM (#52419939)

    I guess Android Nerds was too obvious...

    • Re:Nerds (Score:5, Informative)

      by ArhcAngel ( 247594 ) on Thursday June 30, 2016 @01:20PM (#52420157)
      KitKat was a marketing tie-in with Nestle. To do Nerds they would need to do another tie-in with Nestle. Perhaps they (Google or Nestle) decided the ROI wasn't there.
      • KitKat was a marketing tie-in with Nestle. To do Nerds they would need to do another tie-in with Nestle. Perhaps they (Google or Nestle) decided the ROI wasn't there.

        The rumor I've heard is that the tie-in with Nestle was complicated and imposed too many constraints on the software release process, making it unattractive to repeat it. Not because Nestle was bad about it, just the nature of collaboration between two very different sorts of companies.

        • Well, the other aspect of it was that there just aren't many well-known dessert-type foods [wikipedia.org] which start with K. Their name for it in beta was Key Lime Pie. And while I like key lime pie, I know many people do not. So they sought something with a more universal appeal, and KitKat bars fit the bill.

          Nougat works just fine though. O is the next letter without a well-known dessert (at least not that I can think of, aside from anything starting with Orange) which has an extremely popular trademarked brand -
          • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

            But does anyone -- seriously, anyone -- claim to like nougat? We're talking about that weird foam that's inside a Three Musketeers bar, here.

            • by Quirkz ( 1206400 )

              I like nougat. I don't know that I'd eat it entirely on its own, but Three Musketeers is one of my favorite candy bars, and nougat is part of that.

              I like key lime pie better, though.

              • I like nougat. I don't know that I'd eat it entirely on its own, but Three Musketeers is one of my favorite candy bars,

                Stop right there, you demented bastard. The "Three Musketeers" bar isn't known as "the candy bar that isn't a candy bar" for no reason. It's not called "The Bullshit Bar" just because it trips lovingly off the tongue.

                Every time I ate a Three Musketeers bar I felt like I was being ripped off. No nuts inside, no cookie inside, no chocolate inside, no nothin' inside. It's like chocolate-covered Styrofoam without the delicious Styrofoam part.

                It's as if they said, "How cheaply can we make something covered in ch

            • by martas ( 1439879 )
              Basing your opinion of nougat on the Three Musketeers bar is like basing your opinion of air travel on 9/11.
            • I suspect that you're talking about Mega-corp's Nougat-a-like Nougat Substitute sludge. Bear the same resemblance to real nougat that chocolate (e.g. Belgian or Swedish 75%+cocoa chocolate) bears to the chocolate flavoured milk-solids and vegetable fat confection which goes by the name of "milk chocolate".

              I'm not great one for sweets, and generally I've remembered some horrible nougat-like concoctions from 40+years ago and just avoided it. But I also remember a concoction introduced to me while climbing i

          • Oreos

            Yeah its trademarked so there would have to be some negotiation

        • by Threni ( 635302 )

          I don't understand this at all. As far as I could tell, Google used the string "kitkit" instead of "kandy" or whatever, and Nestle paid Google some money for this. Why would there be any interplay between software or anything else?

    • I guess Android Nerds was too obvious...

      Not to mention trademarked by Nestlé...

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      Android Nougat

      I guess Android Nerds was too obvious...

      [Insert joke about Android nerds creaming themselves over new OS release.]

    • by allo ( 1728082 )

      Nerds aren't sweets.

  • NOUGAT (Score:5, Funny)

    by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Thursday June 30, 2016 @12:56PM (#52419961)

    Nougat- Now with 50% more baked in tracking and monitoring!

    Nougats new features include:

    - toilet detection algorithms and might need to see an ad for toilet paper
    - wallet thickness detection, just in case you might have more money to spend
    - in-store-tracking to provide you with more relevant advertising for whatever, just in case
    - vehicle detection routines to provide you with more relevant automotive advertising
    - restaurant detection algorithms to provide you with more relevant food advertising
    - I'm-on-a-date detection routines to provide you with more relevant condom advertising (probably never used)
    - at-home-on-couch detection routines to provide you with more relevant television advertising
    - baby-crying sound detection routines to provide you with more relevant infant product advertising
    - enhanced voice parsing to detect what products you might be talking about for better product advertising
    - oh yeah and some minor changes to shit about security or whatever, just trust us

    • Is that you?

      • Is that you?

        No, phone is an Android-based device (Samsung Rugby Pro) and I like it a lot, but that doesn't prevent me from shooting at any juicy target that traverses my field of fire.

  • by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Thursday June 30, 2016 @01:13PM (#52420105)
    Never getting it on your phone, prole; buy a new one.
  • In candy making, nougat is cheap filler instead of a better more costly ingredient

    • by Threni ( 635302 )

      I'll take that over the foul, foul sugary shit that passes for chocolate in America. Seriously, you add stuff that smells (and tastes) like vomit to your chocolate...on purpose? What is that about?

      • Cocoa, Sugar, Milk?

        Not sure what smells and tastes like vomit to you.

        https://www.thehersheycompany.... [thehersheycompany.com]

        • by Threni ( 635302 )

          > Cocoa, Sugar, Milk?
          > Not sure what smells and tastes like vomit to you.

          Butyric acid.

        • I've never tried Hershey's chocolate, but I've heard a lot of people from the United Kingdom really don't like the flavour.

          There are a number of explanations, most of which do involve butyric acid as Threni has already mentioned. Specifically [quora.com]:-

          Another key difference between US and UK chocolate is that much US chocolate uses milk that has undergone lipolysis, a process that partially breaks down the fatty acids in milk. This is another historical anomaly in the evolution of chocolate production. In the early 20th century, the process of partially souring milk through lipolysis was used to stabilize milk chocolate, as the resulting milk chocolate could be stored for longer periods of time before its taste changed for the worse. [..] The advantage of the process is that further breakdown of fats in milk is slowed, and subsequent fermentation is reduced. The "milk" taste also lasts longer, before either fading or turning into bad-tasting compounds. The down-side is that the process releases butyric acid [my emphasis], one of the fatty acids present in milk. Butyric acid is the fat component responsible for the smell of parmesan cheese and baby vomit.

          See also this article [ycombinator.com] or Google American chocolate butyric [google.com].

          In short, US production techniques improve the long life stability at the expense of producing compounds that- to those not used to them- smell like baby sick et al, but to those brought up on baby-sick-fl

          • I wasn't aware of all of that, thank you for the education.

            I guess I was lucky when I tried some imported Reese's peanut butter "Christmas tree" confectionery, and the "chocolate" coating- can't even remember for sure if it was "chocolate" (by the US definition of the word!) or "chocolate flavor"- merely tasted like sweetened wax.

            Yeah, Reese's chocolate is pretty much a waxy brown substance entirely different from chocolate. It doesn't even taste as far as I have noticed.

          • News to me too, though I do actually understand the chemistry involved.

            Surely, the obvious answer to the problem of your "chocolate" rotting in storage is to make a product that tastes good enough that it sells before it rots on the shelves. But for corporate sludge-making entities, that doesn't seem to be profitable enough.

            I'd long ago stopped buying the products of American sludge corporations (greatly helped by the spread of European retail companies into Britain over the last few years - they greatly

  • "Marshmallow, Eclair, Lollipop, and Marshmallow." News from the Department of Redundancy Department...
  • Nutella :( (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DiSKiLLeR ( 17651 ) on Thursday June 30, 2016 @01:30PM (#52420241) Homepage Journal

    We were all hoping for Nutella :(

    Fuck Nougat.

    • there were probably trademark issues with that.
    • by guises ( 2423402 )
      Nutella may still be trying to push the idea that's it's healthy, so wouldn't want to be labeled as a desert.

      Also: nougat can be pretty great in the right context. I love that someone made a website [whatisnougat.net] just to explain what nougat is. A question we've all asked at some point.
      • Nutella may still be trying to push the idea that's it's healthy, so wouldn't want to be labeled as a desert.

        I've never read the label of the stuff - though my step-daughter insists on it being in the house when she visits - but apparently it is [foodwatch.com.au] (1) 54.4% by weight sugar, and (2) Nutella Corp are not keen on disclosing this.

        (Also, 30% w/w fat, 13% nuts, and 7% cocoa solids. Just to make sure you've got a good picture.)

  • Plainly should have been Android McAndface.

    Or I guess just Android NotEvenGoingToPretendYouHavePrivacy.

  • ...stuff that literally does not matter in any way at all.

  • I don't care very much about most new features. I wish more energy was spent getting Bluetooth working better. Lots of people seem to be having issues with car audio in Marshmallow including me (Nexus 5X). My Nexus 4 was solid.

    • What problem do you have? I have the Nexus 5X, and the only issue that I have worth complaining about is Maps being like twice as loud as the other party when I answer a call, but that is a general Maps issue on every Android phone I have had.

      I run Amazon Prime Music (radio stations) for music, and have never had any exceptional issues over my Toyota Tundra 2012 stereo's Bluetooth connection.

  • I'm surprised no one has mentioned that their naming convention is alphabetical. Jellybean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and now Nougat. Next will probably be Oreo.
  • Creme tangerine and Montelimar
    A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
    A coffee dessert, yes, you know it's good news
    But you have to have them all pulled out
    After the Savoy truffle

  • I suspect Android "Nougat" will start being called "noogie".

  • Because nougat.
  • nougat was announced like 3 month ago or more. Slow slashdot is slow.

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