Android O is currently in its third developer preview and according to an update on the OS’ timeline, the search engine giant has plans to release the fourth and final developer preview somewhere this month.
Once the final developer preview is out, Google will follow it up with the release of the stable version, which should happen in Q3. As you may have already noticed, we are already into Q3 2017, which means it’s possible that Android O could follow in the footsteps of its predecessor by coming out in August, just like some rumors have previously pointed out.
While Google has given us an expected release date of Android O, the date is not specific. Similarly, we still don’t know the specific name of the OS other than Android 8.0 O, but according to some reports, it’s possible that the OS could be called Oreo. Not so long ago, it emerged that the OS is internally known as Android Oatmeal Cookie, but basing on past experiences, this internal codename could end up having no impact on the final name of the OS.
We saw LG beat Google and become the first OEM to release a device powered by Android Nougat out of the box when the LG V20 came out in September last year. With the LG V30 set to be unveiled at about the same time, we could see a repeat of the same with the new Android O, but for now, it’s still too early to say anything regarding this possibility.
Once Android O is out, the first devices to get the OTA update will be the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. As for the non-Google devices, it could take weeks or months before the first units get the OTA updates.