The solar eclipse isn’t the only O we’ll get a look at on Monday. Google is also gearing up to show off its final version of Android O.
This coming Monday is shaping up to be a pretty eventful day.
As if you didn’t already have enough on the agenda, Google just teased a big Android O announcement happening on Aug. 21. In case you’ve been living in a cave without Internet or TV, that’s the same day the solar eclipse will sweep across the US.
A bird? A plane? No, it’s #AndroidO, touching down to Earth for #Eclipse2017 & bringing super (sweet) new powers: https://t.co/7nslzmxar3 pic.twitter.com/MFxHxUdiia
— Android (@Android) August 18, 2017
The Android O public beta has been available since May, but we will get the peek at the final version on Monday. Google has promised to show off “the next release of Android and all of it’s super (sweet) new powers.” The event will be livestreamed from New York City at 2:40 p.m. PCMag will, of course, be covering the action, so stay tuned right here for all the news.
At Monday’s event, we should find out Android O’s official tasty treat-themed nickname (our money is on Oreo). Ars Technica reckons that the Web giant will start pushing the new operating system to at least Pixel and Pixel XL devices on Monday, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
We already know that Android O is packed with new features: notification dots on app icons, Chrome autofill across apps, smart text selection and potentially better battery life through background process and memory management, for instance. The new mobile OS will also include picture-in-picture display, so you can continue watching a video while answering a chat or doing something else. Also on tap is support for high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as Sony’s LDAC codec and new Wi-Fi features like Wi-Fi Aware, which lets compatible devices more easily discover other gadgets, apps, and information nearby.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning to view the solar eclipse with your own eyes on Monday, it’s important that you wear special glasses to protect your peepers. If you don’t buy a pair in time or accidentally purchased a counterfeit set on Amazon, no sweat: you can make your own eclipse viewer with materials you probably already have laying around the house.