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Android O: Google set to reveal official name

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Google appears to be edging closer to announcing the release date and official name of its forthcoming Android O operating system (OS), after releasing a teaser clip on Twitter.

The search giant looks set to tie the launch in with the solar eclipse that's due to take place later today (21st August) in the US.

In the video, Google states that Android O will be ‘touching down to Earth’ for the eclipse and bringing ‘super (sweet) new powers’.

It's widely expected Google will call the new platform Android Oreo, in keeping with its tradition of naming software after sweet treats.

The updated OS has undergone a lengthy public testing period. It brings tweaks designed at curbing excessive battery drain and changes how notifications appear.

It's also set to boost Android's artificial intelligence capabilities.

Only Google’s Pixel handsets and newer Nexus models are likely to be compatible with Android O when it’s first released.

Smartphones from the likes of Samsung, LG and HTC will not run the software until 2018 at the earliest.

Can't wait until then? Here's how you can get your hands on a work-in-progress, trial version of Android O.

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