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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... Read more...
The sun is not the only thing getting eclipsed this month—the next major version of Android is launching next week, according to a source who is plugged into the pre-release scene. Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks on Twitter, has a solid reputation for posting information on mobile products before they are officially announced. In this instance, he says Android O is scheduled for release next week, and most likely on Monday, August 21. If that is indeed the case, Android O will arrive a little earlier than several previous Android builds, though only a day ahead of when Android 7.0 Nougat... Read more...
Android 7.x Nougat was first made available nearly a year ago; August 22nd 2016 to be exact. Since that time, we’ve seen a slew of new smartphone ranging from budget devices to mid-range models, to chest-thumbing flagships like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. However, despite the fact that Android is the most popular operating system on the planet, the number of devices running the most recent publicly available version is relatively small. Google recently updated its developer portal, which indicates that Android Nougat is installed on just 13.5 percent of all devices. At this point, the most popular... Read more...
Android is the most popular operating system in the world, and any new release is met with much fanfare. That will certainly be the case with Android O, which is the latest in a long line of mobile operating systems from Google (and is still unnamed). Google today announced that Android O Developer Preview 4 is now rolling out to supported devices. Developer Preview 3 brought us finalized APIs, while Developer Preview 4 is being billed as a release candidate version of the operating system. Like the previous build, it also includes finalized system behaviors, along with the latest bug fixes and... Read more...
Now three weeks removed from when the second Android O developer preview graduated to the beta branch, Google has made available a third preview build for early adopters and with it comes a series of finalized APIs. That is a big deal for developers, as it means they can code and enhance their apps with little-to-no tweaking required when Android O goes gold several weeks from now. "With the consumer launch approaching in the coming months, a critical first step is making your current app compatible with Android O. This will give your users a seamless transition to the new platform as it arrives... Read more...
Google last week released its first developer preview of Android O, the next-generation mobile operating system that will replace Android 7.0 Nougat as the latest and greatest in the Android camp. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Android O, but Google also talked a little bit about Android Go at is Google I/O developers conference. There has been some confusion about Android Go, including what exactly it is and why you might care. Let's clear things up, shall we? First and foremost, Android Go is not a new operating system. Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android and Google... Read more...
Could Google’s Android O possibly go modular? Google’s own Romain Guy, Android Graphics Team Manager just revealed that his team has been working on making it so that device graphics drivers can be updated through the Play Store. The functionality should be ready for select devices by the time Android O is officially released. Android users could potentially update their graphics drivers without having to download and flash a time-consuming system update. OEMs and driver developers will need to collaborate a little bit, however. Regardless, developers will be able to troubleshoot without diving... Read more...
Google had a lot to talk about today at Google I/O, but perhaps the most important product announcement was related to Android O. Android O is the follow-up to Android 7.0 Nougat, and brings many new features to the table for the world’s most popular operating system. A number of these features have been rolled up into what Google calls “Fluid Experiences”. These include Picture-in-Picture, Autofill with Google, and Smart Text Selection. On that latter feature, tapping on just one part of the name of a business, for example, will highlight the whole name. So, let’s say that you have an email... Read more...
Google is working on speeding up the release of Android updates. “Project Treble”, a feature inside Android O, will allow manufacturers to update their devices without having to wait for chip partners. Project Treble is essentially a vendor interface that will lie between the Android OS framework and the individual manufacturer’s software. The manufacturer’s software is specific to each device and developed by chip-makers. Project Treble will be powered by Vendor Test Suite (VTS) and help to make sure that the chips inside in each device will function correctly with each Android update. According... Read more...
One of Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 devices has found its way to Geekbench, giving us a better idea of what specifications to expect and how it might perform. The device in question is codenamed "Taimen," named after a large fish that can tip the scales at up to 220 pounds. It is one of three Pixel 2 devices Google has on tap, the other two featuring codenames "Walleye" and "Muskie," which are also named after large fish.We'll get to the Geekbench listing in a moment, but first let's talk about these codenames. References to all three fish were discovered when digging through code in Google's latest... Read more...
If you’re looking to get your hands on a less buggy version of the upcoming Android O release, you won’t have long to wait. Google just announced via its official Android Beta Program website that it has officially closed the Android Nougat beta. In its place, Google says that the first Android O beta is “coming soon”. If you recall, Google released Android O Developer Preview 1 back in late March.  Developer Preview 1 is currently available only as a manual download, which mean that over-the-air (OTA) updates are out of the question. However, Developer Preview 2, which marks the first beta... Read more...
It’s that time of year again; time for Google to get the ball rolling for the next generation of its Android operating system. Around this time last year, we were introduced to Android N (which would later be called Nougat). Today, Google is releasing the first developer preview of Android O. Although Google hasn’t officially confirmed it, we’re hoping that the company goes with Android Oreo. As with any major Android release, there are a lot of little things going on under the hood that are meant to improve both performance and the user experience in everyday scenarios. Android O is no different.... Read more...
This year's Google I/O event is only about two months away, which in all likelihood means there is another major version of Android on the horizon (Google typically announces new Android builds each year at Google I/O). Ahead of its unveiling, there are some rumors floating around about Android O, or perhaps Android Oreo, as senior vice president of Android Hiroshi Lockheimer has teased on more than one occasion.According to rumor mill chatter, Android O is going to be a rather big update with several new and updated features. One of them is updated notifications. Google already did this with the... Read more...
Lenovo just disclosed that Moto G4 Plus smartphone will be upgraded in 2017 to Android O. This leak has come ahead of Google’s announcement of Android O, which should be deployed over a year from now. Image from AnzuhoGoogle announced Android N far ahead of schedule. Instead of waiting for this year’s Google I/O conference, Google made the Android N Developer Preview available as an OTA update in early March. The Android N Developer Preview currently supports the Nexus, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and the Pixel C. Some Android N improvements include multi-window support, direct... Read more...