While Apple have barely just revealed iOS 11 at WWDC at the beginning of this week, Google is miles ahead of them already with Android O, their new version of their in-house operating system (which also happens to be the most popular in the world, with a firm monopoly over the mobile OS market). Android O is now at its third developer preview, which is going live on beta devices right about…now.
As you may well remember, the second preview came to beta testers less than a month ago, so it looks like Google are moving really fast with it. Of course, a few more previews need to be released until the official release, but if they keep it up this way, Android O might even launch in August. The OS initially was rumored to come in September, which is the standard month for releasing an OS, seeing as how Apple plans to bring iOS 11 out then as well.
However, with the Android beta program advancing so rapidly towards the completion of the system refinement and other tweaks and stuff that need to be improved or fixed, Google might potentially release Android O earlier than planned. However, we’ll get back to you on that later, because there are no official statements about this yet.
Android O comes with a revamped notifications panel complete with snoozable features, as well as a completely new and improved settings app. On top of that, devices will receive the update easier once it launches, thanks to Project Treble, a Google-issue program that vouched to put an end to OTA rolling out fragmentation for Android updates. All the Android devices in the world will allegedly now receive the new OS at the same time, or at least around the same time, which is much more in tune with what Apple have been doing for a while.