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It seems just yesterday that we were all excited about the name which Google would be giving to Android N 7.0, and now it's almost time for Android O 8.0 to be named now! According to reliable sources in the industry, Google will be declaring the name of the next iteration of the Android OS on August 21, although it has probably already been decided. Nevertheless, that will be the date on which that name will be made public and we will finally get to know if Oreo is indeed what Google has decided to go with this year. If you have any guesses, let us know in the comments.


On the other hand, the final version of the OS has been delayed from release for at least a few weeks now. If you are wondering what the reason is for the delay, we have no information on that and neither does anyone else. Nevertheless, it isn't hard to guess that the OS must need some last second ironing. Even then, the delay shouldn't push the release back further than mid-September.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It only seems yesterday when it was all about Android N 7.0 and what it was going to be called on release, but now that time is well behind us. It's all about Android O now and the official release of the latest Android operating system isn't that far away anymore either. In fact, Google has just released the fourth and the final version of the Developer Preview firmware, which essentially marks the end of Android O previews and is a signal that the final version is almost ready for public release.


All Pixel devices and qualifying Nexus devices have already started getting the latest edition of the Android 8.0 preview but if you don't have it yet, it's going to land on your device anytime now. This is almost exactly what the final version will look and feel like, albeit with a few minor changes and improvements. However, reports indicate that the fourth version is already pretty stable and smooth. If you are wondering when Samsung Galaxy devices are going to get it, it's still a long way off, given that Samsung isn't the fastest when it comes to rolling out firmware updates! Nevertheless, the Galaxy S8, S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 will be the first Samsung devices on the waiting list.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Thanks to SamMobile and their expert analysis, we have for you today, a complete list of Samsung devices which are most likely to get the Android O update officially from Samsung. Keep in mind though, it's too early to state the timeline for any of these devices yet.


Most Likely Devices to Get Android O 8.0


Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8+
Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy S7
Galaxy S7 edge
Galaxy S7 Active
Galaxy A7 (2017)
Galaxy A5 (2017)
Galaxy A3 (2017)
Galaxy J7 (2017)
Galaxy J5 (2017)
Galaxy Note FE
Galaxy Tab S3
Galaxy C9 Pro
Galaxy C7 Pro
Galaxy J7 Prime


Devices that may Get Android O 8.0


Galaxy A9 Pro
Galaxy A8 (2016)
Galaxy J7 (2016)
Galaxy J5 (2016)
Galaxy J3 (2017)
Galaxy Tab S2 VE (2016 models)
Galaxy Tab A (2016 models)


While this is by no means a confirmed list, it looks pretty sound at the moment.


Source: SamMobile


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



While the name of the next Android OS might still be undecided, the first developer preview of the OS is here. As of now, the developer version of Android O is eligible for being rolled out to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, the Pixel C tablet and the Nexus Player.


Google has already given us the timeline regarding the Developer Preview release schedule for Android O. The first one already came out on March 21 and other three will follow consecutively in mid-May, mid-June and mid-July. It is being expected that Android 8.0 will see the first stable public release from late August or early September at best.


Significant changes seen so far in the OS include changes and improvements in the Notification menu, the status bar, the navigation bar, Quick Settings, App badges, System UI customization options, physical keyboard support, Autofill API, background processes, PIP support and much more. To check out the actual details as made clear by Android Authority, click here.



It's still too early to predict much about Android O, but reports are coming in to suggest a few of its features nevertheless. Let's take a look at what they are talking about.


"Copy Less"


The alleged "Copy Less" feature will make sure that the user has to do less copy pasting while trying to share info from one app, via another. It would be hard to explain how exactly it will work until we have more information, but it has been hinted that the text which you want to copy paste will be suggested automatically. It could be a part of the new OS as a whole or just the Gboard keyboard.


Gesture Features


Drawing alphabets on a locked screen to initiate apps is not something that's new to Android users as most third party manufacturers have lock screen gesture shortcuts in-built on their phones. However, Google will reportedly integrate the feature inherrently in Android O. Draw a C on the screen to bring up your contacts or a V to turn on the flashlight for example.


More Functionality in Text


It could be so that the OS (or just the keyboard app) will recognize when someone sends you a text with an address in it. Tapping on that address will open Google Maps and maybe will even show you the location in-app. The functionality will not be limited to addresses and Google Map of course.


The info you just read was brought forth by VentureBeats and cannot quite be confirmed as of now. We will keep you updated on things as they become more apparent.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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