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Google Pixel, Pixel XL to get Android O update by August: Report

Google usually rolls out the official Android OS update around September.

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Google will be releasing the next iteration of its mobile operating system, Android later this year. Google has so far released the Developer Preview and Beta version of Android O. The next release will be the official update of Android O which should happen sometime around September, going by Google’s schedule. It is now learnt that Google could be releasing the official Android O update early this year by the first or second week of August. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are said to be the first devices to receive it.

This information comes from Android Police’s David Ruddock who tweeted saying, “The official OTA to Android O for Pixel will likely drop in the first week or two of August. A bit earlier than Nexuses / Nougat last year.” Google will release the Android O via an OTA update to its Pixel devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL first according to this report. The Nexus devices are usually the first to receive the latest Android OS update. However, the Nexus devices are also expected to receive the Android O official update soon after.

The release date can always change and this information may not be correct either. Ruddock himself clarifies that the Android O release date has every chance of changing later. Google is yet to announce the name for the Android O, but all bets are on the dessert cookie Oreo. However, Google could make a surprise like last year when it went ahead with Nougat against the highly popular Nutella. ALSO READ: Android O could be Android’s version 8.0, latest report suggests

With the Developer Preview and Beta version released for the Android O, we already know what features the latest OS will bring forth. Some notable features include Picture-in-Picture mode which will allow users to watch videos while performing other tasks at the same time. ALSO READ: Android O Beta: A quick look at the refreshed interface, picture-in-picture feature, notification dots and more

The highly bragged about 3 Touch feature which is available in iPhone 6s and above, will arrive on the Android ecosystem, with Android O. More features include Smart Text Selection that makes copying and pasting text an easier task, and Notification Dots will show a dot on app depicting pending notifications. ALSO READ: 5 Android O hidden features Google didn’t reveal, and how to enable them

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  • Published Date: June 7, 2017 5:22 PM IST