Android O is in its third round and is scheduled to release publicly in the late summer or early fall. The platform is the eighth release of Android, Google’s mobile operating system, and will bring new features including a picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, universal auto-fill, smart text selection, faster boot times, and lots more. One manufacturer already appears to be working on hardware that will run the expected update, and that maker is Sony.
Adoption of Google’s Android Nougat software has nearly reached 10%, and Android manufacturers are already working on the next major overhaul of the world’s most widely used OS. One firm in particular is thinking even further in the future and appears to be preparing not one, but two Android O-powered smartphones.
A leaked user agent profile has exposed a pair of Sony smartphones that appear to target Android O as on board software. The two Xperia models are internally known as G8341 and G8342. Nothing else is known about either device. Google could be working closely with Sony to give a needed boost, like they did for LG last year with LG V20. It’s hard for us to put out predictions so early in advance, but perhaps we’ll see the arrival of these phones shortly after Google releases its unconfirmed fall hardware models, Pixel and Pixel XL 2.