We’re months from the expected Android O 8.0 launch and we already know what features the new operating system would bring to eligible devices. Although we are fully aware of Google’s naming tradition, we are still in the shadows when it comes to the next version’s official name. What will the next Android OS be called?
It’s no secret that Android OS names are confectionary-themed and in alphabetical order. The codenames started post-1.0 to decouple the development name for an OS release from the final version number in case of change for marketing reasons fairly late in the game. So far, we’ve had Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.1), KitKat (4.4), Lollipop (5.0) Marshmallow (6.0) and Nougat (7.0).
Android O Name
Assuming Google will stick to this tradition, the tech giant will be looking for a tasty treat beginning with O this year. The problem is, there aren’t that many compared to other letters. Majority of the bets are on Android Oreo, but there’s a possibility it won’t make the cut.
In case you haven’t noticed, Google has only partnered with a brand for its OS name (KitKat) once. It hasn’t taken the same direction ever since. This does not confirm anything. However, it’s worth noting also that Android senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer has been tweeting about Oreos since last month.
The executive is notorious for misleading fans about version 8.0’s official name. He also purposefully tweeted about Nutella last year, fueling rumors that it’s what Android N will be called. Obviously, that ended up being a fakeout and such might also be the case with Android Oreo.
Found this randomly at a restaurant in Barcelona. True story. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/f05SKp3sVQ
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) February 26, 2017
So, what other options does Google have for Android O? So far, here are a few strong contenders:
- Android Orange
- Android Oatmeal Cookie
- Android Orangesicle
- Android Orelettes
- Android Orange Juice
- Android Orange Whip
If the company decides to name the operating system after an official product, here are some possible names it might choose:
- Android Oreo
- Android O’Henry
- Android Orbit (gum)
- Android Orville Redenbacher
- Android Orangina
- Android Otter Pops (aka freeze pops)
Whatever the case is, the final choice should be as recognizable as the previous Android OS names.
Android 8.0 O Features
As for its features, the Android 8.0 developer’s preview revealed several new are coming to the OS. We’ve listed a few notable additions below:
- Notification Channels – We can now sort notifications into categories instead of grouping them all by app. This way, we can choose those what we want to be notified about on a more granular level.
- Picture-in-Picture – Previously available only on Android TV, Android O offers PiP support so users can take video content from one app with them while they browse another app.
- Adaptive Icons – App icons are now adaptive to the theme. For example, a Gmail app icon may have a square shape when displayed on a Google Pixel XL but a circular (or squircle) one on a Samsung Galaxy S8.
- Background Limits – Android O limits what apps can do while they are launched on your phone but not actively being used to conserve more battery.
There are connectivity, gesture and cached data management improvements as well. Check out the rest of the initial Android O features in the Android Developer website.
Android O Release Date
There’s no official release date attached to the next Android version, but more details are expected to surface on Google I/O 2017. The company’s annual developer conference takes place from May 17 to May 19. Looking at its Android release pattern, Google traditionally announces the Android OS names simultaneously with debuting their third and often final developer previews. This means we won’t likely find out what “O” in Android O actually entails until July at the earliest.
The same handsets which can download the Android O developer preview will likely be the first ones to receive the OS update. They are Nexus 5, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL. All devices released not more than three years ago are also expected to get Android O but with varying release dates.