Earlier this year, Google took the stage at its I/O developers conference to officially announce Android 8.0, the next big update to the operating system.
The company wasn’t keen on introducing the name of this version at the time, though. There was plenty of speculation, of course, including Android Oatmeal, but today Google has officially announced that Android 8.0 is Oreo.
As for what’s new in the upcoming operating system, that much we know. Google states that Android 8.0 Oreo offers two times faster boot speed, which was measured on the Google Pixel. There are also background limits on apps, so that the battery isn’t overly taxed by apps running in the background, as well as an AutoFill feature which will allow the system to remember usernames and passwords, even in apps for quicker access.
Other features include picture-in-picture on smartphones, new emoji support, notification dots, and much more. Here’s Google’s promo video for Android Oreo:
As for the release schedule, Google says it is pushing the Android 8.0 Oreo sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P specific are in carrier testing now, and Google says the update should begin rolling out in phases soon. The updates for the Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet should also be rolling out soon.
Google says it is working with partners like Essential, HMD Global, General Mobile, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Samsung, Motorola, and LG to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to select devices by the end of this year. It also notes that any devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta program will get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo as well with this final version.
Are you eager to get Android 8.0 Oreo on your phone?