Google confirmed on Friday of last week that today it would announce the name of Android O, and probably release the update. Today will also hold an extraordinary event that only happens once every so often, which is a solar eclipse. Coincidentally, I think not.
The wait is finally over. Google has announced Android O, its version number, name and update information. This is not a beta we’re taking about nor a developer preview; it’s the real deal. And as expected, Google made the announcements after the solar eclipse concluded earlier today during a brief livestream event held in New York City, followed by Google’s annual statue unveiling (for each new update) in front of Googleplex on the company’s front lawn.
During the month of June, Google introduced us to the third Android O Developer Preview, inching one step closer towards a public roll out. According to Google’s timeline, the last preview build would become available in late July, and as scheduled, we now have it, the fourth and final Android O Developer Preview. The software is nearly ready for the prime time, said to roll out in August or early September. It’ll be around that time Google will hold a hardware [Read More]
Google likes to create suspense by keeping the name of its Android system updates veiled in secrecy until the second half of the year. The upcoming Android 8.0 release (called ‘Android O’ for placeholder purposes) brings the same secrecy to the forefront again.
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.
During Google I/O 2017 last month, the tech and research giant introduced the Android O Beta Program along with Developer Preview two. We were also given a timeline of when to expect future updates to the beta. The time is now June, and Google is beginning to roll out its third Android O Developer Preview out of four. The software is no longer as buggy, but still lacks some implementations and has its share of problems.
Android O, Google’s next major Android release, isn’t even out yet and OnePlus CEO just went on record to confirm the update for some of the company’s devices over on Twitter.
May is going by fast and another Google I/O is now in the books. It has been a busy week for all of us working at Droid Turf given all the coverage but now it’s time for us to reflect on what we learned about, what’s coming and some things we wish Google had spent a little more addressing. Here is our full recap for everything you need to know about.