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.
Beginning at 2:40PM Eastern Standard Time, just after the conclusion of the total solar eclipse path, Google will hold an unveiling in New York City that will be livestreamed on YouTube for everyone to watch. Google began a countdown timer last week saying that all would go down today on August 21 beginning just three minutes after the eclipse. Everything can be viewed over on a Android.com landing page, which we’ll have linked for you down below.
The page is set up with two video streams as shown in the above image, one from NASA that will show the eclipse from start to finish, and the other to show Google’s reveal of Android O, its name, version number and hopefully release information. We’ll have all the information coming your way after Earth, its Moon, and the Sun line up straight. Stay tuned to Droid Turf throughout the day for all the Android O coverage Google will deliver, or, set an alarm using your Google Assistant as shown below to remind you about the big eclipse!
Many are taking bets that Android O will be officially named “Oreo” after “America’s favorite cookie,” thanks to a teaser video that was posted to Twitter by none other than Google. The mp4 file, confirmed by a Reddit user, when downloaded, had the name ‘GoogleOreo_Teaser’. This is the closest you’ll ever get to a confirmation, but there’s still a solid chance Google is trolling us, as they have done so well with in the past. The post was deleted Friday evening and the file was replaced by the same video, but with title ‘ Leave a comment below this post letting us know what special treat you think Android O will be named after.
Android O could also begin rolling out publicly to Pixel and select Nexus devices starting later today. According to Google’s timeline, the public release is scheduled for late August, so yeah this could happen. If so, we should learn all there is to know about the software release, its features and update process. As of right now, all we know is what Google tweeted, “Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse, bringing some super (sweet) new powers!”
UPDATE: Hello, Android 8.0 Oreo! Watch the full replay of Google’s statue unveiling and countdown, live from New York City in the embedded video below.
Learn all there is to know about Android 8.0 Oreo at the below link, which we’ll keep updating as we learn more.
Watch the official Android 8.0 Oreo ‘Open Wonder’ launch video below.
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