The Google I/O event held this May brought some wonderful news to Android fanatics across the world – the Android O. As per Google‘s tradition, the new software was speculated to launch in October along with the release of the new Google Pixel device; however, now we’re hearing whispers of the software to be released months before October, in the early weeks of August to be more exact.
For a background fact check, Android O will be next in line to the current Android 7.1.1 Nougat and promises to bring plentiful changes to Android functionality including the picture-in-picture mode, new navigation controls and the TensorFlowLite technology.
News about the release date of Android O being pushed back came from David Ruddock, editor of Android Police, Ruddock tweeted not only the possible release date of Android O but also that the new software will be first available on Google Pixel phones.
The official OTA to Android O for Pixel will likely drop in the first week or two of August. A bit earlier than Nexuses / Nougat last year.
— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) June 6, 2017
We don’t know how authentic this information is although Ruddock did follow up his original tweet with another one saying that the “information came from a reliable source, but release dates are always, always subject to change.” With the emphasis put on ‘always’, it’s safe to assume the information isn’t a hundred percent reliable and we shouldn’t get our hopes up yet.
It was already predicted Google’s flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, would be the first one to get the Android O update. However, unlike last year Google Nexus won’t have an Android O upgrade before the Google Pixel.
There is reason to believe that Google might actually push back the date of the release of Android O as early as in August since its number one competitor, Apple’s iOS 11, is also set to launch around August. Already the beta version is available for Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones, so the full version might as well be underway.
Although we expect most of the latest smartphones to receive the Android O upgrade, the ones that are confirmed include Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T.