A Redditor by the name of FUNExtreme has discovered that deep inside the code of the “program overview” page for the Android N developer preview, there’s a reference to other OEMs supporting the beta software on their hardware. This means that not only will Nexus devices support the N preview builds to test out but other devices will too. Ideally, companies who have worked with Google in bringing Nexus devices to life like LG, Huawei, and Motorola may be those OEMs mentioned.
<!– <p>New in the Android N Developer Preview: </p>
<ul> <li> Accompanying Android Beta Program for consumers, starting later in the preview</li> <li> More supported devices, including devices from OEM partners</li> <li> Seamless OTAs for your devices, from initial release to final N release without flashing</li> </ul> –>
If Google’s history is of any indication, this may just be the company messing with us, however I find that very unlikely and them braking tradition with the Android N developer tradition isn’t foreign since the company decided to release the first build of the software back in March, two months ahead of the normal schedule. By having more OEMs support the N preview builds, Google will be able to collect more bug reports and fix more issues with more devices, ultimately meaning Android N will be nice and stable across the board the day it launches while also being less work for manufacturers to get Android N out to the public since they won’t have to debug it.
What’s your opinion? Is Google just playing a trick or will more OEMS actually support Android N before it goes mainstream? Let us know in the comments!