After so much anticipation Google today has finally unveiled the moniker of the next name of Android OS. It has been called “Android O” for the past few months while a few Developer Previews and public betas were released, it has now been officially named as Android 8.0 Oreo.
Of course, the most speculated name truly turned out to be what Google chose to name its newest baby. It’s only the second time in the OS history when there’s a commercial partnership involved – for version 4.4 KitKat Google teamed up with Nestle (which owns that brand), and this time around the Google worked with Mondelez to ensure the name entered the moving tech train.
Android 8.0 Oreo’s code will be uploaded by Google engineers to the Android Open Source Project today, while software updates for the supported Nexus and Pixel devices are due to arrive “soon”. Of course the final build will be sent to those devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program too.
Google also says that by the end of the year you should expect devices from Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony to either launch with or be upgraded to Android Oreo.
The latest version of Android comes with picture-in-picture support, notification dots, fully redesigned emoji (including over 60 new ones), Google Play Protect built-in, limits to background overuse of battery by apps, faster boot speeds, autofill system-wide, and support for Android Instant Apps.