Minor tweaks and bug fixes aren’t new for Android updates, but Google wants to make the process far less haphazard.
A post on the Android Developers Blog details that Google is moving to a regular maintenance schedule “over the coming quarters,” with an eye towards a predictable process and more feedback from developers.
Vice president of engineering Dave Burke said Google has already started work on some issues that are on the list and will transition to a new schedule in the coming months. Just as it did with the Android N Preview, updates will come first to a Dev Preview before they’re sent out to everyone else. You’ll be able to download and flash the latest preview to try it out in advance of a final release.
In other words, Android Nougat is getting more than just security patches and bugfix releases. There will be some point-releases that bring new features and refinement, and those releases will be tested in public just as the initial release was.
Why this matters: This is primarily aimed at developers, as it gives companies that make Android devices a more predictable schedule of when updates may arrive. It’s another indication that should you want the most reliable update schedule you should go with a Nexus device, as such updates will come there first before manufacturers obtain and tweak them from the Android Open Source Project.