In what may have been one of the shortest-ever live tech announcements, Google revealed today that the next major version of the Android mobile platform will be called “Oreo.”
“Today, we are officially introducing Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest release of the platform, and it’s smarter, faster and more powerful than ever,” Google vice president Sameer Samatwrites. “It comes with new features like picture-in-picture and Autofill to help you navigate tasks seamlessly. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at lightspeed.”
Of course, what we’re all wondering is when we can get it. I’ve been running various pre-release versions of Android “O”, as it’s been called until now, on my Google Pixel XL all summer. But now we have a schedule for when compatible devices can expect the update.
And it goes something like this.
Android 8.0 Oreo is heading out to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices today. So if you are using such a device—basically a de-Googled Android device—you can get it immediately.
Those with a Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, or Nexus 6P should see Android 8.0 Oreo “soon,” Google says: Builds have entered carrier testing.
Likewise, Pixel C and Nexus Player are listed as “soon.”
“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo,” Google notes. “Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.”
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