Android Things Developer Preview 5 upgrades Google's IoT platform to Android O

Android O

Android Things Developer Preview 5 upgrades Google's IoT platform to Android O

According to Android Police's David Ruddock, Google has delayed the arrival of the consumer version of Android O to Pixel smartphones. Moreover, the new version of Android will "most likely" be launched on August 21, the same rumor claims.

- David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 10, 2017According to one source whose information I can not verify, Android O will receive a name on the day of the solar eclipse (August 21st).

As Android O nears its official launch for phones and tablets, other Android-based platforms are beginning to transition over. Putting two and two together, it's really not that hard to predict what Android O will be called: it's going to be Oreo. It's not hard to imagine Google doing a cheesy tie-in with the biggest astronomical event of the year. He also claims to already know the name of Android O, but said that he didn't want "to ruin the surprise".

Google also flags that it will be making things easier tp start with prototypes, before scaling to production. There was also no clue or hint regarding the correlation between the upcoming solar eclipse and the name of Android O. While this is not officially confirmed by Google, it is quite shocking nonetheless. DP5 is now available within the Android Things Console, but the DP5 update will not be pushed automatically to devices without your intervention. It could be days or even weeks. If Google sticks to its traditional time frame, then Android O could well be on its way to a number of eligible devices starting next week.

The latest incarnation of the world's most popular smartphone operating system is expected to bring a raft of new features, although they aren't necessarily the attention grabbing features that we have become used to in past releases.

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