I guess now it’s confirmed, as Google announced that the official unveiling of their next OS will be made tomorrow, during total solar eclipse day. The event is scheduled to take place in New York, it will be live-streamed at 2:40 PM EST (6:40PM GMT), along with the solar eclipse set to occur tomorrow.
Be honest with me: I should have rotated it 90 degrees CCW, huh? pic.twitter.com/bqfhxMwhyC
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2017
The company still calls it Android O and denies to reveal it’s name but we have some info what this O stands for. According to Evan Blass it will be called Android Oreo but if we’re to believe Senior Vice-President of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, Hiroshi Lockheimer it could go for Oatmeal Cookie!
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) August 19, 2017
In any case the update is expected to roll out to devices starting tomorrow, beginning with the Pixel and Pixel XL. Eligible Nexus devices will follow soon after, along with non-Google devices, some of them have been confirmed to get the update:
- OnePlus: OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5
- Nokia: Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8
- ASUS: Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 4 smartphones
- Samsung: S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, A series (2017), A Series (2016) to name a few.
The new Android 8.0 version is expected to bring several bug fixes along with improvements such as picture-in-picture video – this one lets you watch videos while working with other apps- adaptive icons, notification dots which are just like notification badges on app icons and new circular emojis that replace the blob-faced ones.