Google's Android O Confirmed For August 21 Solar Eclipse Livestream Debut

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After hearing rumblings over the weekend that Android O was poised for an August 21st debut, we received official confirmation of that date today from Google. The internet giant has launched a new teaser site that is counting down to Monday’s big day, which also coincides with solar eclipse that will sweep from the northwestern United States down to the southeast.

Given that the official reveal will take place on Monday, the Android O site is chock full of information relating to solar eclipses, and how Americans are banding together to film continue footage of the event using the Eclipse Megamovie Project. Google also provides links to where you can tune in to NASA’s livestream of the total eclipse, or its own Android O reveal, which will take place live in New York City at 2:40 PM EST.

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“On August 21st, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918,” writes Google on the teaser site. “Android is helping you experience this historic natural phenomenon so you can learn more about the eclipse and count down to the big day—when you’ll meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers.”

Android O will not be a total rethink of Google’s mobile operating system philosophy (that distinction is bestowed on Fuchsia), but it will offer a number of new features to make your life easier. These updates include an overhauled notification system, picture-in-picture mode for video playback, new limits to prevent rogue apps from ravaging battery resources in the background, adaptive icons and much more.

Although we know much of what Android O will offer smartphones and tablets, we still don’t know what its official name will be. Major Android OS releases are named after sweet, tasty treats, with the last release being deemed Nougat. Most have already deemed this release to be called Oreo, which wouldn’t be unprecedented given the past release of Android 4.4 KitKat