As expected, Google today decided to finally unveil the name and features of the next iteration of Android. Known simply as “O” for the past few months while a few Developer Previews and public betas went out, it now officially has a full name (Android 8 Oreo).
However, the most rumored name actually turned out to be what Google chose to call its latest sweet treat. It’s only the second time in Android’s history when there’s a commercial partnership involved – for version 4.4 KitKat Google teamed up with Nestle (which owns that brand), and this time around the search giant managed to get Mondelez on board the co-branding train.
Android 8.0 Oreo‘s code was uploaded by Google engineers to the Android Open Source Project today, while software updates for the supported Nexus and Pixel devices are due to arrive “soon“. Of course the final build will be sent to those devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program too.
Google also says that by the end of the year you should expect devices from Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony to either launch with or be upgraded to Android Oreo.
The latest version of Android comes with picture-in-picture support, notification dots, fully redesigned emoji (including over 60 new ones), Google Play Protect built-in, limits to background overuse of battery by apps, faster boot speeds, autofill system-wide, and support for Android Instant Apps.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry has officially confirmed that the Keyone will be getting the Android Oreo update. There was, however, no word on when the roll out will begin.