Google releases last Android O Developer Preview before official launch

While we still don't know what dessert will lend its name to Google's next mobile OS version, it's clear that we're getting closer than ever to the release of Android O (also known as Android 8.0.0).

The release of the Android O is fast approaching, but until Google decides to out the final version of the platform, those lucky to own a compatible Nexus or Pixel device will be able to install a new Developer Preview build. The official end of summer is September 22, so we suspect Android O will hit sometime before that date.

Each new developer preview has introduced something new for curious users to test out, but unless you're a developer, this update doesn't bring anything that hasn't already been seen.

Speaking of, the beta release schedule for Android O has largely mirrored what Google did a year ago with Nougat. Google calls this build a "release candidate" for Android O, which means that the latest bug fixes and optimizations are present, along with the final APIs.

Google is ready to release Android O later this summer, which means we are nearly at the end of the development process. You can tap and touch and drag it around and see the new physics and acceleration features Google is using with Android O on your octopus friend.

The as-yet-named Android O (Oreo, anyone?) includes a number of new features such as autofill, adaptive launcher icons, picture-in-picture, improved notifications, support for Wi-Fi Aware and more.

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