Android O (Octopus?) final Developer Preview released, official release coming “later this summer”
Continue reading
Android O is almost ready. Google shared the final Developer Preview of Android O for developers using the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the Pixel phones. It is dubbed Developer Preview 4 and you need to be enrolled in the Android Beta Program to get it downloaded on a supported device.

Google wrote in its Developer Blog that the Developer Preview is the opportunity to test and publish apps for developers so that when the OS becomes official, the transition will be smooth. The official Android O platform will be available to consumers “later this year”.

There isn’t anything new per se. But since its the final preview of the build, it should be stable. Google stated that Developer Preview 4 includes “final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final APIs (API level 26) already available since Developer Preview 3 .”

Android O is being dubbed to be more of a technical update. The primary new feature is its Project Treble which makes providing the update to Android O much easier for OEMs. Considering the timeframe Google stated for the official release, the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 seem to be the prime candidates for the update.

But that’s not the most exciting question. People across the world are keen to know what will O stand for. The easiest speculation is of course Oreo, since Android has been naming its platforms after popular desserts. But an easter egg discovered by The Verge is that of an octopus. Weird. Since when is octopus a dessert? Considering the intensity of the debate over Nutella and Nougat which happened over naming Android N, Google might just be messing with our minds.