Will this be the name of the next version of Android?
Google could be gearing up to reveal a whole new version of Android.
The company’s mobile software is used by billions of smartphones worldwide, with new and more powerful editions being released each year – the most recent of which was Android 7.0 Nougat.
Now, it looks like a senior Google figure has dropped a major hint about the name of the next version of Android.
Google is well-known for naming versions of Android after various sweet treats, with Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop among the latest releases.
Now it seems that the next version, Android 8.0, could well keep this theme and be called Android Oreo.
That’s according to a tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, the sitting Senior Vice President of Android at Google.
Lockheimer tweeted a GIF of an Oreo-covered cheesecake to Verge reporter Dan Seifert, sending Android fans into meltdown that this could be the name of the next release.
TWITTER – HIROSHI LOCKHEIMER
Does Lockheimer's tweet hint at a biscuit-y themed new Android release
Lockheimer is well-placed within Google to know about such information, but is well-known for being a bit of a tease.
In the lead-up to the release of Android 7.0 Nougat, he spent some time hinting that the software would be called ‘Nutella’.
However given the scarcity of other treat-based names beginning with O, it could be that Android 8.0 Oreo is a safe bet.
Other suggestions have included Oatmeal and Orange Crush.
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Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Google recently updated its wearable device software, Android Wear, promising a new generation of smartwatches – and now it seems it could be the turn of mobile devices too.
Android 7.0 Nougat is currently the most powerful version of Google’s mobile software to date, but the company is currently thought to be hard at work on the next generation of its platform.
Expected to be unveiled at Google I/O in May, Android O should be a major upgrade to smartphones everywhere, although little is known about it yet.
Android 7.0 Nougat was first released last year
Currently, the most powerful version of Android is the beta edition of Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which was released as to Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices earlier this year.
This included the new “swipe for notifications” feature allowed users to swipe across the sensor to bring up their app alerts, rather than having to do so on the device’s screen.
The update also includes redesigned app shortcuts and better image keyboard support among other things.
If you’re wondering if and when your phone can get Android 7.0 Nougat, you can view Express.co.uk’s guide to the rollout here.