After creating all the hype Google has officially confirmed that Android O will actually be named as Android 8.0 Oreo. This is not a surprise as the name was already being revealed by several blogs months ago. This new version of Android is the successor to Android N. Google revealed this name timed with the solar eclipse and have already pushed the source codes for Android 8.0 to the Android Open Source Project commonly known as AOSP. The Source codes for Android 8.0 Oreo can be downloaded from here
Google also mentioned that Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL are already being tested by the carriers and these devices will soon get Android Oreo updates. Other devices like the Pixel C and Nexus player will also get updated to Android Oreo. The system images for these devices can be downloaded from here. As the record shows and is much expected that Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 might not get Android Oreo update. At the moment Google devices are scheduled to receive Android Oreo but other manufacturers including Huawei, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, Sony, Essential and Nokia will get their devices upgraded in next few months.
The new features included in Android Oreo include background limits, notification channels and dots, Picture in Picture, Autofill APIs, downloadable fonts, emoji compatibility, Webview enhancements, autosizing textview, Bluetooth audio codecs, XML font resources, adaptive icons, Audio API, wide-gamut color for apps, Google Play Protect, security tighter app install controls and status in settings. The main focus of Android Oreo is to reduce battery usage by optimizing background apps. Google has also optimized Android O to improve boot times and enhance user experience by running the apps more smoothly.
Many manufacturers were very slow in adopting the Android N. We hope that the manufacturers get their devices upgraded soon.