Raspberry Pi leads changes in Google's latest Android Things


He goes on to claim Google is planning something bigger that usual for the Android O name announcement, saying "It won't just be a random "oh hey here's a statue" thing".

According to Ruddock, Google will announce the name of the OS on August 21st, the same day as a solar eclipse. However, this update will require explicit developer approval before it gets pushed.

There is a possibility that the Android O may still contain some bugs and the company is trying to fix them before releasing a stable version for the Google Pixel smartphones. The Edison and Joule hardware will continue to be able to access the Android Things 4.1 system images, with no future support for Dev Preview 5.

Google has updates the newly launched Android Things Developer Console, but won't be pushing updates automatically. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 is coming in September, so Google may be looking to steal some of Apple's thunder with a splashy Android O name unveiling event. The rumor mill has claimed that it may either arrive as Android Oreo or Oatmeal Cookie. Last year, Google had released Android Nougat on Nexus devices on August 22 before releasing it with its first ever Pixel phones. The latest release makes "a number of UX improvements to the console to improve usability and functionality", says Google. Ruddock is of the view that the official name of Android 8.0 will be declared on August 21, the day of the solar eclipse.

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There's really no way of telling for how long Android O for Pixel phones is going to be delayed.

The LG V20 from a year ago was the first non-Google phone to arrive with Android Nougat preinstalled.

Google and Android fans have been testing Android 8.0 for several months now.

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