The latest operating system from Android is in beta and is expected to roll out by the end of the summer.
Although Google hasn’t named an official release date, if their updates for Android 6.0 (2015) and Android 7.0 (2016) are anything to go by, Android 8.0 will be here before we know it.
Speculation has already begun about what Android 8.0 will be called. Previous names have been Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat; Android has a history of operating systems named after sweet treats. The next letter in the alphabet will be O, which has sparked a number of suggestions from Android fans about what the next update might be called. Rumoured names include Oatcake, Orange Soda, Ovaltine, Opal Fruits, Orbit and Oatmeal Cookie. The favourite is Android Oreo mostly because, among other hints, Google teased the media by filling its press room with the black and white cookies.
Google has said Android O focuses on ‘fluid experiences’ and will have added features like picture in picture (or multi-window mode), notification dots (long-press app shortcuts to view notifications) and autofill in apps (like that of the current Chrome browser for Android). According to the tech giant, the newest Android operating system will mean devices can boot twice as fast and all applications will run both smoother and faster. Plus, Android 8 will reduce background processes with something Google called ‘wise limits’ to stop unnecessary location tracking and other battery wasting background activity.
Other features and functions rumoured for Android 8 include:
Smart Text Selection
Improved Keyboard Control
Management of Cached Data
New Entrepise Features
Automatic Address Recognition and Opening in Google Maps
As always, there’ll be security updates as well as something called Play Protect- a new app Google will be introducing which is designed to keep application installs super secure.
At this moment in time, Google has not yet announced the release of any hardware along with the latest operating system, but it is likely their Pixel 2 will have Android 8 when it is released in October.
At NOS Apps, we’ve already started to update our applications so that they are Android 8 compatible, so our users will be ready when Google starts to roll out and will be able to transition smoothly and continue using their applications.