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Android O May Eclipse the Solar Eclipse on August 21

19 August, 2017, 10:27 | Author: Nadine Todd
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The Android O, which we know as the Android 8.0 version, was originally launched back in March and is now in its fourth developer preview.

At 2:40PM ET August 21st at an event in New York City, Google will show off Android O and finally reveal the name of the latest version of the OS.

Google's set up a dedicated website for the Android O event and plans to livestream it from NY at 2:40 pm EST.

Google is now officially counting down to Monday, August 21 - but not just because it appreciates a good solar eclipse.

Google's Android rollouts always come in two stages, though. However, the event also coincides with the solar eclipse and from what we can tell from the launch website, Google is planning to make the most of the solar eclipse too.

Google has announced Android O recently and many of its features are revealed around the same time with Project Treble coming into the picture. It should also start pushing out OTA updates for at least the Pixel and Pixel XL, with updates for older Google devices happening the day of the event or shortly after.

Auto-playing videos are widely hated among mobile users, but they're becoming more common regardless, showing up in places like Facebook and even in some desktop Google search results. The company unveiled Instant Apps at Google I/O 2016, a bold dream of running specific apps on phones and tablets without the user having to actually install them.

Video previews will of course work for YouTube videos, and Google tells us a "wide variety" of other providers are supported as well. Apps on Android O should therefore be easier on the battery, and users don't have to do anything.



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