Google finally announced the name of Android O during a livestream today. The software giant also is also expected to rolled out the final updates for pixel device, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and pixel C tablet.
Android O, the next-generation of Google's mobile phone operating system has made official today. The announcement coincides with total solar eclipse to be seen alongside the US coastline and Google has livestreaming the announcement done at 2.40PM ET.
The live stream of announcement of Google's next version operating system scheduled to start at 12:10am IST on august 22 in India has finally reveal the official name for the next version of Android software release. In a Google+ post announced Android O Eclipse teaser. Google Play observed that in the video attached with Google+ post named as "GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4" hinted at Android 8.0 being named as Oreo.
This name for Android O so far included Oreo, which is related to Oatmeal Cookie, Octopus and Orangina as likely candidates and Google's SVP for platforms and ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer also teased Olive Oil as probable and Orange Sherbet but unlikely candidates. Google has since pulled down the video but it strongly implies that the name has been finalised by the company. As with any Version of Android in the past, the search giant introduced countless mind games related to the final name.
Android 8.0 is called Oreo and is now rolling out as OTA update for Nexus devices and Pixel. Google says major OEMs will upgrade their devices to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of this year.
Google also showed the new statute for its latest named smartphone operating system version, and has pushed the update to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The successor of Android Nougat is expected to start rolling out as an OTA update to Nexus devices and Google's Pixel first. "Nexus 5X/6P and Pixel builds have entered carrier testing and we expect to start rolling out in phases over the next several weeks," Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, wrote in a blog post.
Burke also added that device manufacturers, including Andy Rubin's Essential, General Mobile, Nokia brand-licensee HMD Global, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Kyocera, Sharp and Sony are planning to launch new android 8.0 devices or upgrade their existing devices by the end of this year. During the launch of the Nokia 8 in London last week, HMD Global announced that its latest flagship will be one of the easiest ways to experience Android 8.0.
In terms of features and specification, android 8.0 Oreo is an exponential incremented upgrade over Android 7.0 Nougat with much of the efforts being put to improve of the system performance. One of highlights of the new version is the faster boot speed, with Google declaring that the Pixel would boot two times faster on Android Oreo. The update also comes with new feature like Support for Autofill APIs, Notification Dots, Picture in Picture (PiP) mode, Google Play Protec, adaptive iconst, high fidelity audio playback with new Bluetooth codecs and wide-colour gamut support across apps.
With Android 8.0 Oreo, Google would be hoping to force its OEM partners to fix the the issue of fragmentation and push updates faster. Google had first announced Android O in the form of a developer preview in March, and rolled out public beta during the I/O 2017 developer conference in May. The fourth and final developer preview was announced last month and is now available as a final version. Android 7.0 Nougat is running on just around 13.5 percent active devices almost a year after its launch.
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