Google announced its latest treat for Android users this week in honor of the eclipse. With every version of Android being named after something sweet, it appears that the solar eclipse, with its Oreo-esque design, may have inspired the tongue in cheek name for the newest version. Previously the version was teased as “Android O,” with a variety of different teasers leading up to the official announcement.
Previous versions of the Android operating system have been named things such as Jellybean, Cupcake, Éclair, Donut, Gingerbread, and others. One of the operating systems was even name KitKat (Android 4.4), and required a team-up between Android, Nestle, and Hershey’s.
At a press event in New York City, Google unveiled a superhero-themed statue of an Android Oreo mascot wearing a cape, which coincided with the total solar eclipse in the United States. Along with the name, Google also announced that Android Oreo is available via Google’s Android Open Source Project. OTA rollout is expected to arrive first to Pixel and Nexus devices, with builds currently in carrier testing. Other devices are expected to get the OS soon after, and the device will most certainly come paired with newer Android devices as you buy them.
On the tech side of things, Android Oreo isn’t the biggest update that Google’s mobile OS has ever had, but it does have some useful tweaks and features. Picture-in-picture mode is the biggest UI change, which will let you run all kinds of apps in a small window at the bottom of the screen (It’s basically multitasking; so, look forward to the ability to finish off those emails without missing a Pikachu in Pokémon GO!) The new operating system also comes with changes to the notifications system and a massive redesign of the settings app.