The official launch of Android O must be coming close, as Google has just pushed out the recent version of its public beta — and it’s doing reliably enough to be considered a release candidate. Android O, which will be version 8.0 of the mobile operating system, doesn’t contain a ton of major new features for users. But there is a handful. They include notification channels and dots on app icons to alert you of notifications, picture-in-picture video playback, a slick settings menu, and more.
Google has also promised significant Bluetooth audio improvements for Pixel and Nexus users. The Android engineering team last week held a Reddit AMA where they answered some of the intense questions about what’s different about O. Developers can now start readying their apps for Android 8.0 before it’s released to Google hardware later this summer — and then the long, gradual roll-out for other devices will start.
The company is also either having some fun trolling users or offering a hint about the software’s final name. The Easter Egg, which appears when you repeatedly tap on the Android version in system settings, now shows as an Octopus.
But… What about Oreo?
In any case, if you’ve been holding off on installing Android O so far, now might make a good time. Otherwise, you’ll likely need to wait until the later portion of August for the full, public release. I’m downloading it now. See you on the other side.