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Google unveils the identify for Android O: Oreo.


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It’s O-fficial.

Oreo is the latest model of Android, Google’s cell working system. The up to date software program, which has been obtainable for the previous few months in developer beta, will arrive on units by the top of the yr.

It’s been an extended guessing recreation about what the “O” in Android O stands for. For the uninitiated, Google names every new model of Android alphabetically and after a sweet or candy. For instance, the latest model was dubbed Nougat. Before that was Marshmallow, and earlier than that Lollipop. Oreo shall be Android eight.zero, following Nougat.

Theories making the rounds predicted both that “O” stood for Oreo or that Google was trolling everybody by timing the announcement throughout Monday’s photo voltaic eclipse. Google unveiled a statue of the latest dessert-themed replace at 14th Street Park in Manhattan on Monday, simply because the eclipse’s excessive level began trailing off.

The unveiling was throughout the road from the Chelsea Market, the place the unique Nabisco manufacturing facility was positioned. That’s the place the primary Oreo was invented.

This is the primary time that Google has revealed the following Android statue someplace aside from on its Mountain View, California, headquarters, the place large lollipops, ice cream sandwiches and jelly beans grace the grounds.

Google determined to call this replace after the Oreo cookie after a number of late nights at its headquarters the place engineers simply stored grabbing the snacks, Sagar Kamdar, Android’s director of product administration mentioned. 

“At our microkitchens at Google, we have Oreos all around. Our engineers just kept eating Oreos with their glasses of milk,” Kamdar mentioned.

One of Android Oreo’s greatest focuses is best battery life for the working it. For instance, Google will restrict what apps can do after they’re launched in your cellphone however not actively in use. For instance, now apps will not be capable of do as a lot with location updates whereas they’re working within the background — which might usually be an enormous battery suck.

There are different noteworthy options, too, like a brand new copy-and-paste instrument. When you spotlight textual content in an article or textual content message, Android will robotically detect if it is an tackle or a correct noun. If it is an tackle, the software program will spotlight your entire tackle, so you do not have to. And as an alternative of merely suggesting actions resembling “copy” or “select all,” it might counsel a map.

The continued success of Android is important for Google. It’s the gateway drug for the search large’s world of apps, together with Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps. Android has develop into essentially the most dominant cell software program on the planet, powering almost 9 out of each 10 smartphones globally.

But in the case of world domination, Google is inquisitive about extra than simply telephones. Android now runs on the whole lot from smartwatches to vehicles to TVs. In May, Google mentioned the software program is utilized by greater than 2 billion units.

Still, as Google promotes the brand new model of Android, it is bought an enormous problem forward: really getting it onto individuals’s telephones.

Android suffers from an issue the business calls “fragmentation.” The working system has quite a lot of and service companions that like so as to add their very own thrives to the software program, so getting all of them to replace to the present model is a continuing headache for Google.

If you have got an Android cellphone, you are most likely utilizing a a lot older model of the software program. Only 13.5 % of all Android customers presently have Nougat put in on their units. A whopping 77.5 % of Android homeowners are on three older variations: Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat. The oldest of these, KitKat, was launched in 2013. By comparability, Apple’s most up-to-date model of its cell software program, iOS 10, has discovered its manner onto 87 % of all iPhones and iPads.

The replace shall be obtainable by the top of the yr on units from handset makers together with Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Essential, General Mobile, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, and Motorola. For Google units just like the Pixel cellphone, Nexus 5X and 6P, the replace will begin rolling out in phases “soon.” 

Pixel and Nexus homeowners needs to be the primary to anticipate Oreo to roll out on their units, Kamdar mentioned. He added that Android was working with main companions to have their units launch with Oreo or be upgraded with it earlier than the top of 2017.

CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.

First printed Aug. 21 at 11:52 a.m. PT
Updated at 12:25 p.m. PT: To embrace particulars from Android’s product administration director.  

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