On March 9, 2016, the first beta build of Android 7.0 Nougat was released for developers, beating the usual dates at the Google I/O in May by about two months.
Whether the search engine giant will stick to the new pattern and unveil the next Android OS before the Google I/O 2017 is still unknown, but what we can assure you is that the OS will be known as Android 8.0 O, although the ‘O’ has yet to get a full definition. But it seems we are probably getting trolled as far as the next name of Android 8.0 is concerned.
As you may know, Google goes after sweet desserts when naming its versions of Android. Talk of the current Nougat, 2015’s Marshmallow, the much older Lollipop and so on. With this in mind, Android 8.0 O is expected to take the same direction, but the specific name of the dessert is still unknown.
In a new series of events, it appears that Google will name the next version of its most popular OS Android 8.0 Oreo. While it is definitely too early to speak about this, senior Android VP Hiroshi Lockheimer took to Twitter with a GIF that has started drawing attention. The GIF has some kind of dessert that features a ring or Oreo cookies, something that many have started associating with the next version of Android 8.0.
While this tweet probably had nothing to do with the 2017 Android 8.0, another development that is making it hard not to believe what Lockheimer tweeted is coming from Mondelez, the owner of the Oreo brand. Apparently, the company has released a new game known as Oreo Space Dunk and guess what? It is in partnership with Google and goes further to make use of Google Earth data.
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) February 20, 2017
The game is not a tough one. To play it, you need to take a photo of an Oreo cookie and then share your current location. With the help of your smartphone, you’ll need to throw an Oreo in the air and watch the cookie as it flies into the air before finally landing in a glass of milk – but of course, all this is happening in some other place of this planet.
Is the release of Oreo Space Dunk and Lockheimer’s tweet on Oreo cookies related to Android 8.0? As for now, this is pure speculation as there may never be any relations between these events. Keep in mind that last year, the same Android VP threw a hint that many associated with Android 7.0 being called Nutella, but this did not materialize, as you all know by now. With this in mind, it is important that you take the speculations on Android 8.0 Oreo as, well, just speculations.
Meanwhile, what do you think will be the name of the new Android 8.0 OS? Let us know in your comments below.