When Google unleashed the first technical preview of Android N on the world this week, nobody really saw it coming. In fact, talking to sources at Google, I’m not even sure most of the company knew. Sure the Android team did and like a few other critical teams but broadly? I don’t think so. Many Googlers I know were just as surprised as you or me.
For me though, the release of the preview could not have been timed more perfectly and the way they opened it up to anyone running a Nexus device will assure that this launch will likely be the most successful ever for an Android release. It also moves up their release timeline to mid-year, something that will help year end holiday season sales of devices as N will be well established by then. It is a stroke of genius by Google and should not be lost on anyone.