The new software has a range of other upgrades that improve Wi-Fi connectivity, keyboard navigation and wireless sound. It also includes new colour support for app developers and the ability to animate and change the shape of icons. A list of all the features currently publicised can be found on the Android website.
What will it be called?
For the past few years Google has released its developer preview with a letter and then expanded this into a name related to a sweet product. For example, Android N became Nougat and L became Lollipop.
People have started to speculate what the O could stand for but there are few convincing answers. Suggestions have included Oreo, Oatmeal Cookie and Ox-tongue Pasty. The favourite appears to be Oreo, but Google has traditionally shied away from brand names for the software.
When can I download the software?
It is not clear when Android O will become available to the wider public, but Google has historically released more details at its annual developers’ conference in May.
“The usual caveats apply: it’s early days, there are more features coming, and there’s still plenty of stabilisation and performance work ahead of us,” said Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android. “Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be released updated developer previews, and we’ll be doing a deep dive on all things Android at Google I/O in May.”