The 2017 Solar Eclipse is on everyone’s minds today as many people donned their glasses for a few minutes to view a phenomenon that won’t return until 2024. However, devs, testers, and other tech enthusiasts may be talking about something else that’s a little easier on the eyes.
Alongside a solar eclipse countdown, Google counted down to Android Oreo (round of applause for all who guessed the name), which was released around the same time at 2:40 PM EST and livestreamed from New York City with the reveal of an Android Oreo statue.
Android 8.0 O was previously announced as a developer preview at Google’s annual conference, Google I/O, in May. Boasted features include fluid experiences, notification dots, picture-in-picture media multitasking, Smart Text Selection, and informed auto-fill, as well as improved battery life, performance, security, OS optimization, and of course, new emojis.
After a friendly debate discussing other possible desserts such as Oatmeal Cookie and Orange Sherbet in following of other Android OS names such as Marshmallow, Lollipop, and Jellybean, Android officially informed us what the O stood for as the solar eclipse reach its peak.
However, despite exciting developments in Android’s OS features, the problem of Android fragmentation still remains. As everyday Android users are slower to install a new OS compared to iPhone users, testers will have to make sure that they include Android Oreo in their arsenal of browser/OS configuration tests once it’s released, while also including older OS to create an acceptable experience for users on older versions.
Google is pushing Android Oreo through the Android Open Source Project, though Android Oreo isn’t on available phones just yet as it’s still in carrier testing. Either way, Android users are undoubtedly excited for some of the new updates, and owners of Pixel and Nexus devices can expect to be the first to try it out.