Google’s upcoming Android O software could release in early August, according to David Ruddock of Android Police. The blogger shared on Twitter Wednesday that the new operating system could launch during the first or second week of August, detailing that roll out could take place earlier than the release of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Google showcased several aspects of Android O at its I/O Conference in May. Among highlighted features includes faster roll outs, battery improvements, faster boot times, updated emoji, smart text selection, picture-in-pictures, updates to the home screen and the night light feature, and a new initiative called Android Go, which brings features of the new system to low-end Android devices.
Additionally, Google announced that Kotlin will now be an official Android programming language. Other Google announcements included Google Lens, Google Assistant for iPhone, Daydream 2.0, a standalone VR headset, updates to Google Photos, Google Home, Daydream and Tango, among others.
Currently, Android O is in public beta. The final beta will hit Google devices in July before the official release during the third quarter.
Android O has not been officially named; however, there have been indications, within Google code, which suggested the version number will be Android 8.0. Several hints suggest the Android O codename might be Oreo. Google even teased the name by offering Oreos packets as snacks during Google I/O. However, many consider that the tech giant could be attempting to hide the real name of Android O.
Several smartphones have already been confirmed for Android O updates, including the OnePlus 3 and 3T and the Nokia 6.
Google’s second generation Pixel smartphones are expected to release after the Android O roll out, likely sometime in October. Rumors suggest Google may announce three Pixel smartphones, which may all run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. They will be the first devices to officially run Android O.