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Android O rumored for August 21st release

12 August 2017

The latest update to Google's native camera app, which you can also download via the Play Store, now brings a minor but potentially useful update: selfie flash.

Should these reports hold water, Android O is expected to be rolled out to Google Pixel or Nexus phones first before anything else.

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In terms of software, the major aspects of the release are changes based on the upcoming Android "O" release (API 26). While the update is delayed, there is no info regarding this from Google.

According to Ruddock, Google will announce the name of the OS on August 21st, the same day as a solar eclipse. He also claims to already know the name of Android O, but said that he didn't want "to ruin the surprise". The new version comes with features that were teased with the Android O Developer Preview 3.

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No reason was given as to why Google is planning a "spectacle" for the reveal of Android O's name. Ruddock is of the view that the official name of Android 8.0 will be declared on August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. BGR jokingly speculated that perhaps it's because the letter "O" looks like the moon.

Will it be Oreo, orange creamsicle, oatmeal cookie, or something else that starts with the letter "O"? While this is not officially confirmed by Google, it is quite shocking nonetheless. However, this update will require explicit developer approval before it gets pushed. It could be days or even weeks.

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When Android O begins its official rollout, Pixel And Nexus devices will be the first in line to get the update. Pixel and Pixel XL users were hoping for something similar this year. Android's vice president of engineering, Dave Burke in a blog post added that the developer preview 4 for Android O will be the last preview version before the release of the final, stable version of Android O for consumers.

Android O rumored for August 21st release