Monday, 21 August, 2017

Google might release Android O on August 21st: Expected features

Google might release Android O on August 21st: Expected features Google might release Android O on August 21st: Expected features
Sherri Watson | 12 August, 2017, 16:23

The new version now supports the use of WebView (mini browser functionality that is bundled for use within a mobile app) on the Raspberry Pi 3.

Google's Android 4.4 was officially named "KitKat" when the company reached a deal with Nestlé for a promotional collaboration back in 2013.

That's a week on Monday, which happens to be solar eclipse day in the USA - very smart of Google to organize a celestial show of wonder to help celebrate the launch.

Android Things was previously based on Nougat, but Google is now updating the Internet of Things platform to O ahead of the official release.

As usual there are bound to be a number of bugs included in this preview, if you find any, report them, or request features if you find there's something you want but still isn't included. However, this update will require explicit developer approval before it gets pushed. For non-Google devices though, Android O is expected to be released in September with Nokia phones on the front line. Android O will bring features such as app badges, revamped settings interface, snooze notifications, new emojis among other great features.

The jump to O will bring new API functionality from Android, "as well as specific features for Android Things".

Google also flags that it will be making things easier tp start with prototypes, before scaling to production. So unless and until Google feels like that the update is ready for the final rollout, unfortunately, users won't be getting their hands on the new software.

Android O release date for Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones is said to have been delayed for some unknown reason. This corroborates will with Google's claims that Android O will launch sometime in Q3 2017.