Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus may be the first devices to roll out using the full consumer version of Android O, aka Android 8.0.
We don’t know much about Android O yet, but we’ll find out more after the Google I/O developer’s conference on May 17. One thing we do know, it’s pretty much become a trend as of late for Samsung to get first dibs on the latest Android OS. Looking back, one version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launched using the beta version of Nougat. Before that, versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge launched running Android Marshmallow. Of course nothing is concrete yet, but it wouldn’t come as a shock if a Samsung smartphone running the latest Android O update hit the market soon.
Back in March Google released a Developer Preview version of their newest operating system and the first build is available on the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL.
What Will Android 8.0 be Called?
So what exactly will the nickname be for the next Android OS? Well first, let’s have a look at the history of Android version nicknames:
- Cupcake v1.5
- Donut v1.6
- Eclair v2.0 to v2.1
- Froyo v2.2 to v2.2.3
- Gingerbread v2.3 to v2.3.7
- Honeycomb v3.0 to v3.2.6
- Ice Cream Sandwich v4.0 to v4.0.4
- Jelly Bean v4.1 to v4.3.1
- KitKat v4.4 to 4.4.4
- Lollipop v5.0 to 5.1.1
- Marshmallow v6.0 to v6.0.1
- Nougat v7.0 to v7.1.2
- O…? v8.0
At this point it’s just speculation, but some people believe Android 8.0 will be nicknamed Android Oreo. Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer posted this on Twitter a while back. Just a random tweet or is he trying to tell us something here? Right now it’s anyone’s guess really, you be the judge!
Found this randomly at a restaurant in Barcelona. True story. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/f05SKp3sVQ
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) February 26, 2017
One thing is for sure, Samsung continues to be at the forefront of the industry when it comes to launching some of the most sophisticated smartphones on the market and Android continues to dominate as the world’s most popular operating system ahead of both iOS and Windows. It’s reported that in March 2017 the Google Android OS had over 39% market share. A close race next to Windows who had 37.91%, but still very impressive nonetheless.
Either way it will be exciting to see how Android 8.0 has evolved from earlier versions and there’s no denying that the capabilities of the OS and the hardware that runs it, such as Samsung Galaxy devices, continues to get better and better.