The name for each new version of the Android software makes for a great guessing game as to what Google is going to call it. Google often opens it up for suggestions whereby the general folk can help Google decide what it wants to call the next Android version. They did it for Android N which later came to be called Android Nougat. However, the filename of a video posted on Google+ has pretty much confirmed that Android O will be called Android Oreo.
Android O is Android Oreo
The Google+ post on the official Android Google+ profile was caught by Android Police before it got immediately taken down. It was a video post with the filename “GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4”. This particular profile has been counting down towards August 21st which is when the official name reveal is slated to happen.
While the name has been a mystery for quite some time, there was a strong suspicion that it would have been named Oatmeal Cookie that’s to a reference to the name in an Android Manifest file that was showcased earlier in May 2017.
Android O unveiling event on August 21, 2017
Of course, we can’t be sure till the actual name reveal happens in three days. A new teaser site has come up at https://www.android.com/eclipse/ pointing to an event that’ll be live streamed from New York at 2:40 pm Eastern Time coinciding with the solar eclipse. “Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse,” the teaser site currently reads, “bringing some super (sweet) new powers!”
The developer preview for Android O (i.e. Android 8.0) has been out for quite some time and currently, we’re seeing the fourth iteration of the same. And as with every new version of Android, it’s the Google phones that will be receiving the OTA updates first. So the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL will be first in line followed by other flagships from manufacturing partners all over the globe. Google has always rolled out Android in a staggered manner with select members getting it first and it opens up to more folks based on the initial feedback. Nevertheless, everyone with a Pixel or Pixel XL should get the notification in under a month. Certain carrier locked SKUs might take longer to get the update.
If you’re interested in checking out the developer preview for Android 8.0 or Oreo, then check out our tutorial on how to install Android O.
Update: We have confirmation that Android 8.0 is Oreo. Check out more details here – https://www.android.com/versions/oreo-8-0/.