It has scheduled five preview releases before the final release, which is due in the third quarter. By about June, developers will be able to publish apps to beta-enrolled devices running Android N.
Although this update isn't available for the Pixel C, when Android N does arrive it will give the two-in-one a much-needed productivity boost, thanks to the OS's new split-screen feature enabling multi-tasking.
Early reviews were generally positive about the Pixel C's hardware but Android lets it down, perhaps, as Ars Technica recently reported, because the original plan was for it to run Chrome OS.
What Android N will be called when it is ready for release is still up in the air. As Android Police reported this week, Google is calling it New York Cheesecake internally and is apparently surveying Android users via the Google Opinion Rewards app to help pick a name for the finished product.
Previously, Android K was codenamed Key Lime Pie and at public release was called KitKat, while Android L kicked around as Lemon Meringue Pie before becoming Lollipop.
Suggestions in the survey included Napoleon, Nut brittle, Nachos, Nori, Noodles, Nougat, and Neapolitan ice cream.