Android O has finally made its presence official in the tech world, and proving the authenticity of various rumors, it is named after the biscuit which is largely enjoyed among the masses.
Google has partnered with snack producer Nabisco to name the next version as ‘Android Oreo’. The company is using the solar eclipse as an opportunity to reveal the Android. The iconic photos of the solar event evoke the image of the mouth watering biscuit.
Android O doesn’t have a ton of flashy features, but it holds notable diference which makes it more preferable. Google has highlighted some of the consumer-facing tweaks which include picture-in-picture multitasking, notification “dots” on your most-used apps, improved battery management, support for Android instant apps and a host of redesigned emojis. The latest version of Android is accessible through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Google announced that the builds for the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are in carrier testing and ought to start rolling out soon. The semi-forgotten Pixel C tablet and Nexus Player set-top box will also receive these updates before long. In addition to that, any device enrolled in the Android beta program will receive this update. That’s probably the fastest way to try this finalized software.
Apparently, this is not the first time when Google has adopted a brand name to announce its new version of Android. Android 4.4 was dubbed KitKat in 2013, thanks to its partnership with Hershey’s. This included some giveaways of Nexus 7 tablets and Google Play store credit. Whether or not Oreo cookie buyers will have a chance to get their hands on some goodies remains to be seen.
Usually, the finalization of a new version of Android coincides with the new phone’s hardware. But in recent years, Google has introduced certain alterations to the schedule. New Nexus (and now Pixel) phones have arrived in the fall for years now, and it seems that Google is sticking to the same plan this year as well. Given all the leaks, we’re await that point to new Pixels on the horizon where we would have a complete view of Google’s Android hardware and software for the next year, before very long.
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