Android Things Dev Preview 5 released - now based on Android O

Google To Launch Android O

Despite some recent reports suggesting that Android O may be delayed, a Twitter post from Evan Blass suggests that all is well and Android O will launch on August 21. The developer preview 4 of Android O comes alongside the stable version of the Android 26.0.0 Support Library as well. We have no idea what caused the schedule change, but at the very least, we may soon find out what Android O stands for. Android O will be released on August 21 or in the same week. For non-Google devices though, Android O is expected to be released in September with Nokia phones on the front line.

Google's Android O beta was rolled out for users after Google's I/O conference. There was also no clue or hint regarding the correlation between the upcoming solar eclipse and the name of Android O. This would perfectly fit Google's dessert-centric naming scheme, but this means that the company would need permission from Mondelez International, the owner of the Oreo brand.


While the update only includes a handful of minor changes, they actually add up to making the photography experience on Android much better. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 is coming in September, so Google may be looking to steal some of Apple's thunder with a splashy Android O name unveiling event. It could be days or even weeks. Google has been tight-lipped so far about what the successor to Android 7.0 Nougat will get as its full name, with speculation about Oatmeal, Oreos and so on.

As for other users, it's likely that the final build of Android O might be made more widely available isome time in October or November. It was reported that the current generation Pixel smartphones will be amongst the first ones to get the official update.

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