Android 8.0 will launch worldwide on August 21st, Google has confirmed
Android 8.0 will land on devices on Monday August 21st, Google has confirmed.
After months in beta, the eighth major iteration of Google’s hugely-successful mobile operating system will land next week to coincide with the total solar eclipse.
Google has debuted a new webpage with a countdown to the solar event – and launch of the new software.
“Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse, bringing some super (sweet) new powers!” it declares.
“On August 21st, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918.
“Android is helping you experience this historic natural phenomenon so you can learn more about the eclipse and count down to the big day – when you’ll meet the next release of Android and all of it’s super (sweet) new powers, revealed via livestream from New York City at 2:40PM ET.”
Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners will be the first to download and install the new operating system.
Other Google devices – including the Nexus smartphone range – will also be able to use the software.
The release date has been widely rumoured online.
Renowned tipster Evan Blass tweeted that Android O was scheduled to launch next week earlier this month.
Google had previously said they would launch the Android O update in the third quarter of this year, which we only have a few weeks left off.
David Ruddock, from Android Police, had also tweeted that the Android 8.0 release date was imminent.
He said that it was set to be released during the first two weeks of August.
Google announced the final release date on a webpage about the solar eclipse
Google have confirmed that Android O, which began testing back in May, is Android 8.0.
And there’s been much rumour about what the O in the mobile operating system’s name stands for.
It had widely been hoped for among the Android community that the O would stand for Oreo.
However, it looks like the successor to Nougat may instead be called Oatmeal Cookie.
The possible name for Android 8.0 was discovered in June by tech Website Myce after they dug around in the code for Google’s upcoming mobile OS.
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They found oc-dev mentioned a number of times within the code, which seems to follow on from former branch names used by Google.
Oc-dev is also referred to as OC-MR1 in messages relating to Android O.
If those two characters are initials for what Android 8.0 is called, then the most likely name for the mobile OS could be Android Oatmeal Cookie.
It would follow on from other treat-based names that Google called previous versions of Android, such as the current Android Nougat.
So far we know that Android O will feature notification channels, picture-in-picture video, adaptive icons, as well as support for multi-display.
The next-generation version of Android includes faster boot-up times, better performance, tweaked notifications and improved battery life.
But overall, Android 8.0 is not about headline-grabbing new features. Instead, it will double-down on performance tweaks that make the everyday experience better for users.
Smart text selection is also being introduced in Android O.
It will also include faster boot-up times, better performance and improved battery life.
Another new feature is notification dots – new coloured bubbles that appear beside an app icon when you have a notification waiting.
Source : EXPRESS