The next version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo, has been officially unveiled.
After spending months being known simply as ‘Android O’, Google confirmed the Oreo name on Monday, continuing its tradition of naming its mobile software after sweet treats.
While perhaps not the biggest Android update Google has released, Android 8.0 Oreo boasts some handy new features including the ability to test out apps before you download them to your phone and improved shortcuts which lets you respond to notifications directly from your home screen.
The free software is expected to be released in September, with those using Google devices such as the Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel and Pixel XL the first to receive the update.
Google said on Monday that those using Nexus and Pixel devices will receive Android 8.0 Oreo “soon”, with devices from other manufacturers expected to follow by the end of the year.
Google says that Android smartphone manufacturers such as including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony” should receive the update by the end of the year.
Generally speaking, it depends on your smartphone manufacturer and how close to stock Android the version of Google’s operating system is that your phone uses on how quickly you will receive the update.
It also depends on handset itself. Generally newer models or handsets which were flagship smartphones receive the update before phones that are a couple of years old. Some older phones may never receive the update.
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