The Android Engineering team held an Android 8.0 O-focused AMA on Reddit Wednesday. Around two dozen Googlers ranging from directors, product managers, and many others took part in the session, tackling tons of questions that poured in from the Android community including the Android O name. So is it Oreo? Oatmeal Cookie?
Unfortunately, the team refused to spill the beans on what the newest version of the operating system will be called. “There are so many snacks to choose from…you’ll just have to wait for the unveiling later this summer,” they wrote when asked about it.
But a few of the engineers did share their own ideas on what they wanted the version’s next name to be, so at least we know what treats won’t make the cut. Check them out below:
- Mike Cleron: Okra Pudding
- Alan Viverette: Oak Tree Cookie
- Selim Cinek: Android On to P
- Anwar: Ovaltine
- Benjamin Poiesz: Android Oobleck
Android O Name
After Android Alpha and Android Beta, Google has always named its mobile operating system updates after sweet treats, and in alphabetical order. So far we’ve had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.
The tech giant apparently had a hard time naming Android 7.0 so it launched a naming challenge at Google I/O last year. That did not happen in this year’s conference, suggesting it already knows what to call the next version.
The strongest contender so far is Oreo which isn’t really farfetched. Android 4.4 was called KitKat, after all. As reported earlier, the cookie was served at Google’s press room during the I/O developer conference and there were a few teases on Twitter from Google’s very own Hiroshi Lockheimer.
However, there are hints that point out to Oatmeal Cookie as well. The acronym ‘OC’ was spotted in some of the source codes of the upcoming version presented on one of the I/O 2017 presentation slides. But there’s no guarantee that it’s an abbreviation of oatmeal cookie; Google could only be using it as an internal codename which usually differs from public names.
As a reminder, Android Kitkat was codenamed Key Lime Pie, Android Lollipop was Lemon Meringue Pie, and Android N was codenamed New York Cheesecake.
Android O Release
The final release of Android N came in August last year so the chances are we’ll see the company follow that same schedule in 2017. Word is that Pixel owners should expect Android O to arrive as an over-the-air update in the first weeks of August. The are speculations as well of Developer Preview 4 not happening, rounding the number of public betas to three.
Currently, adventurous Android connoisseurs are enjoying Android O Developer Preview 3 on their compatible devices. This coincides with Android N’s somewhat unexpected and quite early arrival on August 22, 2016. Apparently, Google is entertaining the idea of releasing the OS earlier than usual from now on, as in previous years, we used to get updates in the early fall, sometime in the October – November window.
As for the eligible devices, Google’s own Pixel and Pixel L are ought to be the first to receive Android O as soon as it’s officially out. Nexus 6P and 5X should get the update as well before the year ends.
Other devices reportedly covered in the roll out includes flagships Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8 Plus; LG G6 and V20; HTC U11 and HTC 10; Sony Xperia XZs, XZ Premium; OnePlus 5 and Nokia 3, 5, and 6.