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Galaxy Note 6 rumor claims Android N will release much sooner than expected

Published Mar 22nd, 2016 6:25PM EDT
Galaxy Note 6 Rumor Android N
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Google this month released the first Android N developer preview earlier than many of us expected. Does this mean Android N itself is going to release much earlier than expected as well? A new report from Korean financial news site The Bell claims that Samsung is going to release its Galaxy Note 6 in July this year and that it’s going to come with Android N already installed. If this report is correct, that means Galaxy Note 6 owners won’t have to bother waiting to upgrade to the newest software when they buy the device since it will already have Android N.

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That said: There are a couple of reasons to be skeptical that this report is accurate. For one, Samsung tends to wait until late August or early September to unveil its Galaxy Note devices, although last year it did have a special event for the Galaxy Note 5 on August 13th. Second, Google doesn’t normally release new versions of Android until months after showing them off at Google I/O. Android 6.0 Marshmallow released in early October last year and Android 5.0 Lollipop didn’t come out until November of 2014.

That’s not to say Android N won’t release earlier than expected, but it’s highly unlikely that it would release as early as July.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.