Google is all set to introduce its next operating system Android 8.0 (Android O) officially at 2:40 PM ET, August 21, in New York. The event will be streamed live on Android.com and viewers in India can tune in at 12:10 AM IST, Tuesday, August 22. Google has timed the launch event to coincide with the total solar eclipse in the US.
Google has been teasing the launch as, “Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse, bringing some (super) sweet new powers!”
As far as the name of Android O or Android 8.0 is concerned, it is almost confirmed to be called Android Oreo. There is, obviously, no official word from Google yet and expect last minute surprises, especially when the entire world had almost predicted Android N to be called “Nutella” last year, Google named Android 7.0 as Nougat.
Android O or version 8 is not a significantly major update. Google is mainly focusing on fixing battery life, better the notification experience and introduce better Bluetooth wireless audio through Sony’s LDAC technology.
Other interesting features include picture-in-picture mode which will enhance multi-tasking experience apart from redesigned adaptive icons, new emojis, etc.
Google Pixel is reported to be the first device to receive the final Android O update. Google has already rolled out the Android O Beta Program or eligible Pixel and Nexus devices including Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL.