According to Google’s February platform distribution numbers, the Nougat OS has inched just over 1% this year and the Android 6.0 tops the chart with over 30% of the Android devices running Marshmallow firmware update. This is followed by Android Lollipop and the KitKat versions. After the success of Android 7.0 Nougat and the 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Google is now ready to launch another version 8.0 with a letter “O”. Though the company has not decided yet over what the ‘O’ would actually stand for, Mr. Hiroshi Lockheimer’s personal favorite name turns out to be “Oreo”. Mr. Lockheimer, the SVP Android, Chrome OS, and Play, tweeted today about what the new version should stand for.
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) February 20, 2017
Mr. Lockheimer’s tweet to the Senior Editor of The Verge hinted that the ‘O’ in Android 8.0 could most likely be named Oreo. Oreo could turn out to be the most popular vote for Android’s next version similar to Nougat. However, some fear it may not be called Oreo due to the trademark.
The Google I/O 2017 will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on May 17-19. The company will most likely disclose the upcoming Android 8.0 along with new features and changelog. However, Android’s name for the next version O mat not be disclosed. If we consider the naming convention of the Nougat from last year, Google asked for suggestions from Android enthusiasts to name the next Android ‘N’. This year Google may do the same for Android O and Oreo could most likely be favorite name considering its popularity.
The list of Google device to receive Android 8.0 “O” are:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Huawei Nexus 6P
- LG Nexus 5X
The devices are already running the Android 7.1.2 Nougat Public Betas. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t receive any new Android versions. Though, the devices will still receive monthly security updates.
Google’s February platform distribution numbers: