Android O "most likely" to be released on August 21

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Google has updates the newly launched Android Things Developer Console, but won't be pushing updates automatically. Google will also seed the update to other OEM's who will start prepping the update for their own custom skins and overlays.

Google has now updated its Camera app on the Google Play Store, bringing features that were originally only available to those on the Android O Developer Preview.

In terms of software, the major aspects of the release are changes based on the upcoming Android "O" release (API 26).

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That's a week on Monday, which happens to be solar eclipse day in the U.S. - very smart of Google to organize a celestial show of wonder to help celebrate the launch. According to a report coming from AndroidPolice's David Ruddock, Google might have pushed the release of Android O for Pixel beyond the August 21 date. He also claims to already know the name of Android O, but said that he didn't want "to ruin the surprise".

No reason was given as to why Google is planning a "spectacle" for the reveal of Android O's name. For Android Things, the jump to 8.0 will introduce new features and begins with Developer Preview 5. Ruddock is of the view that the official name of Android 8.0 will be declared on August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. Android O, back at Google I/O this year. Previously it was speculated that Android O could finally be called Android Oreo or Android Oatmeal Cookie, though it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to find out its official name. This is the final beta build before the stable build gets rolled out. It was reported that the current generation Pixel smartphones will be amongst the first ones to get the official update. While this is not officially confirmed by Google, it is quite shocking nonetheless.

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