Google Launching Android O During Solar Eclipse, Will Probably Call It 'Oreo'

Terry Joseph
August 22, 2017

The US is about to see its first total solar eclipse since 1918 on August 21, and Google is getting in on this once-in-a-lifetime event to announce the next version of Android.

As if you didn't already have enough on the agenda, Google just teased a big Android O announcement happening on August 21.

The countdown to Android O and its release is coinciding with the upcoming solar eclipse. Android O will make notification tab tidier and will also add new visuals and group for the notifications.

Google anointed the software Monday after spending the past few months referring to it as "Android O".

Samsung typically keeps its devices updated with new features for two years though it usually extends bug fixes and security patches to devices beyond the two year mark. This works as a power saving feature to limit background applications, which means the phone's battery will last longer than it usual does.

The almost complete fourth developer preview of the mobile platform was packed with fancy new features like picture-in-picture and advanced notification management, as well as the most recent update to the emoji library which supports Unicode 10.

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Using Google's advanced machine learning techniques, Android O will bring the ability to select texts, recognise it as an address, email ID or a contact number, and will show related options. Android O now has notification channels that let users categorize notifications from different apps into "channels", as well as block notifications they don't want to see.

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 event will take place at 14:40 EST (19:40 UK time) in the United States, which is around the time the natural wonder will be most visible in NY. Nokia has been touting a "pure, updated Android" angle for its Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8, so now it's time to back up that talk with a quick OS release. He's got to care about update speed, right?

If you didn't buy a Google-branded Android phone, you're going to be stuck waiting.

Android Oreo introduces measures to help people manage the volume of notifications on their devices, which has been described as "notification diarrhoea". Oreo has been one of the more common guesses online, and it wouldn't be the first time Google has partnered with a company to name Android.

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