Android O may be the next game changer

Google has had a tradition of releasing annual Android updates — its last update Android Nougat — was released in August 2016. As 2017 commences, we get closer to the launch of the next Android update, which is likely to start with the letter O, going by Google’s tradition of naming its operating system (OS) updates alphabetically with names of desserts. While the numerical denomination of the update would be Android 8 or Android 8.0, Google’s name for the update is how it will be commonly known.

So what are the possible candidates for the name? Well, there aren’t too many desserts starting with the letter O, which sort of narrows down the choices. The most eligible candidate is Android Oreo after the chocolate-based biscuit. If Google chooses the name, it might go for a partnership with Mondelez, the makers of Oreo, the way it did with Nestlé for Android KitKat.

Google Assistant's Wider Availability

Google Assistant was one of the USPs of the Pixel series devices. Google has now included the feature in its Google Home device and Android Auto. With the next Android update, the feature, currently a Pixel-exclusive, is expected to roll out to more devices in the Android ecosystem and the way to do that is an Android update. Google has already indicated that the feature will roll out to more devices. Android 8 is, therefore, expected to bring along Google Assistant to a wider array of devices.