The second half of the year is when Google updates Android and this year, it’s Android O. While there have been a lot of leaks and rumors around Android O features and specifications, we’re still waiting for the finer details. As per naming convention, Android O would be named after a popular dessert. Though no official date has been unveiled by the company, considering August is almost half gone, the official announcement cannot be far off. As per latest reports, Android O will be officially announced and rolled out starting August 21. That is barely a week from now.
August 21 will be when US will witness the event. Google has timed the launch of Android O with the eclipse considering during the solar eclipse, it is just the ring around the sun that is visible in the sky, in the shape of a big O. Apart from Android Oreo, there have been no new names suggested for the upcoming Android OS. Some of the older options suggested are Android Oatmeal Cookie. However, a recent developer’s preview of Android 8.0 showed an Octopus, which has now confused people as to what the actual name might be, Not only Ruddock, but even Evan Blass has mentioned on Twitter that Android 8.0 will officially arrive on August 21.
Android O Beta version has already been rolled out to developers and old Google smartphone owners who signed up for the update. Android O is expected to come with battery enhancements, picture-in-picture feature in apps as well as changes in notifications panel. Google pixel owners are the first in line scheduled to get the new update followed by Nexus devices. As the Android O version is adapted by other OEMs, flagship smartphones from the likes of Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others will soon start getting the updates. This is expected to be one of the last Android OS versions on many older flagship smartphones like the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.