Google has updated the Android O timeline with a not-so-specific release date of the final version of the OS, an indicator that the OS is almost ready.
According to the timeline, the fourth and final developer preview of the OS will be released this month while the stable version of Android O will be out in Q3, a period that is already underway. Some speculations had already pegged the release date to August, just like it happened with the 2016 Android Nougat, but Google has not mentioned any specific date in the latest update.
Now that we know the expected release date of Android O, all that remains is the specific name of the OS. Some sections are strong proponents of Android Oreo, but not so long ago, a source code of the OS appeared to support the OS to be called Android Oatmeal Cookie. Still, Oreo has not disappeared into thin air, with many, including here at TWG, still adamant that the new OS will be baptized Android 8.0 Oreo when it comes out in a few weeks’ time.
Last year, LG V20 was the first handset to come preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box well ahead of the Pixel and Pixel XL. With rumors that the LG V30 should be here in late August or early September, it’s also possible that the South Korean tech giant could repeat this feat and become the first OEM to release a device based on the new Android O.
Even though Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at about the same time, the company’s track record doesn’t do it any favors as far as the new OS is concerned.
As for Google, the successors to the Pixel and Pixel XL should also come preinstalled with Android O, with the release expected to happen somewhere in September or October.