Google Might Announce The Official Name For Android O On 21 August
The official name of Google’s latest version of Android OS may be unveiled on 21 August. Android O was announced during Google I/O 2017 and the developer’s preview started rolling out after that. According to a series of tweets by David Ruddock from Android Police, Android O will receive its official name on the day of the Solar Eclipse. Last year, Google officially announced Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22, so based on continuity alone, the August 21 date seems quite likely.
The tweets also suggest that Google will make a big deal out of the unveiling and is “planning a spectacle.” He also mentioned that the name won’t be random and publishing the name right now would be a spoiler.
Android 8.0 brings new features such as Notification Dots, Autofill, Smart text selection and Picture-In-Picture. Google has also said to improve the security and increased the booting speed in the new OS. Notification Dots show the notification of an app after a long press.
A small notification bar pops up at the top right corner of the app and shows the notification of the particular app. The Autofill feature helps in filling forms inside an app. Smart Selection feature is a machine learning based features that select only important text to be copied. Android O also comes with a multitude of back-end improvements such as better battery management algorithms, app optimisations, audio enhancements like improved Bluetooth audio and more.
Earlier rumours claimed that Android O will be named after the popular cookies, Oreo. A few weeks ago, developers found references to the term “oatmeal_cookie” in a sample code that was used in a presentation slide at Google I/O indicating that ‘Oatmeal Cookie’ could very well be Android O’s name.
With the soon-to-be-launched Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 tipped to be the first smartphones running the new Android O, it seems highly likely that these reports are true and that Google will indeed announce the official name of the new operating system. When Android O officially starts to roll out, it is likely that the Pixel and Nexus devices will be first in line to receive the update and other smartphones will follow suit.