Android O is expected to be be released on August 21

Android O

Android Police's well-informed David Ruddock said a few days ago that the Pixel's Android O update was imminent. The upcoming update to Android received its fourth and final Developer Preview last month, with Google teasing the official Android O release to consumers for "later this summer". This is the expected timeframe for when Google officially reveals the new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones. Through another tweet he maintains that it is a completely unverifiable rumor. DP5 is now available within the Android Things Console, but the DP5 update will not be pushed automatically to devices without your intervention.

According to Ruddock, Google will announce the name of the OS on August 21st, the same day as a solar eclipse. However, these smartphones are slated to get unveiled in October this year and Google may not delay the release of Android O to such an extent.

Note that Google recently launched the Android Things Console, which enables support for over-the-air updates to Android Things devices.

The new version now supports the use of WebView (mini browser functionality that is bundled for use within a mobile app) on the Raspberry Pi 3. The inclusion of an octopus as an Easter egg inside the latest Android O beta suggests Google might be ditching desserts and moving to underwater molluscs instead. Previously it was speculated that Android O could finally be called Android Oreo or Android Oatmeal Cookie, though it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to find out its official name. Ruddock is of the view that the official name of Android 8.0 will be declared on August 21, the day of the solar eclipse.

Using Google's advanced machine learning techniques, Android O will bring the ability to select texts, recognise it as an address, email ID or a contact number, and will show related options.

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