Android O is Coming Next Week

Almost a year into Android Nougat and it seems that the time has come for the next major release, Android O. According to David Ruddock at Android Police, the update might be arriving as early as next week.

Given that the previous release arrived at an almost-exactly similar time frame (in August), David might be on the right track. The source has been quite credible when it comes to new software releases, so there’s that.

While the name hasn’t been confirmed, one of the front runners is Oatmeal Cookie, though, Oreo could be chosen too. While not a technically important detail, guessing the name of Android releases has sort of become an event in itself.

I’d look for the official Google Pixel Android O update to land in about a week. Could be pushed, but that’s the timeline for now AFAIK.

What’s New in Android O?

Version 8.0 of Google’s software brings new additions to the OS like:

  • Project Treble, which makes it easier to bring regular software updates in the future.
  • SafetyNet, which lets developers choose whether to support rooted devices or not.
  • Autofill,
  • Blob emoji and new Themes, among other visual and technical changes.

Coming to A Pixel Near You

The new Pixel phones though, won’t be launched alongside Android O, as they might follow their predecessors with a September release. It is safe to assume that the older Pixels will receive the update as soon as it comes out though.

It has been a few weeks since the Developer Preview 4 – or the final developer preview – of Android O was released to developers on July 24th, meaning the software is likely at its final stages of completion. The software was first revealed at Google I/O 2017.

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