Android N release date news: Alpha preview in test phase; final version may be out September

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Android 6.0 aka Android Marshmallow has been a massive success for Google, particularly with its introduction of multiple features. But according to a report from Tech Radar, the company is already at work on Android 7.0 aka Android N, which is now speculated to launch in September. 

As a matter of fact, Google did not wait for their big Google I/O event to launch the alpha build as the developer preview has already been available for some time now. Only select phones can download the unfinished build of Android N such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and a few other select devices. 

The report states that the new Android version will be out most likely by late September, although this can be pushed to October if the developers need more time to refine a few features and clean out some of the bugs. The new Android is particularly going to take time given that it is aiming to come with several key features.

Some of these features include full VR support. Google did prioritize how big a push the company is making toward VR technology and their unnamed successor to Google Cardboard. However, the full capabilities of Android N with VR technology has not yet been fully revealed as of the time of writing.

However, the main highlight is going to be full multitasking capabilities as Android N is going to feature split-screen capabilities, allowing phone and tablet users with Android N to operate two apps side by side. It is noted that some phones such as Samsung and LG have incorporated this onto their front-skin of Android but this will be Google's official take on the system. 

According to the report, the new OS will also come with a quick reply feature for notifications, allowing users to reply to a notification without having to navigate from the window or app they have open.