Google will launch new Android version during solar eclipse

Around 11:40 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, the moon will block out the sun in the East Coast as the solar eclipse completes its trek across the United States

Google has different plans at that time.

Riding the coattails of the solar eclipse, Google plans to announce the release of its newest Android version, codenamed O. Android O — which will likely gets its own sweets-inspired name like its predecessors Marshmallow and Nougat — will be unveiled at the same time as the eclipse and livestreamed to all Android fans.

Unlike past Android announcements, which usually happened in Google’s Mountain View headquarters, Android will unveil O in New York City.

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On its Android page, Google detailed information about both the eclipse and the O.

“On August 21st, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918,” reads the Android page. “Android is helping you experience this historic natural phenomenon so you can learn more about the eclipse and count down to the big day—when you’ll meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers.”

Android O is looking like it largely will be tweaked from its current version, Nougat. The most visually prominent change will happen at the settings menu and notifications.

As for the eclipse, the Bay Area might get the short end as clouds likely will fog the celestial event. You can also livestream NASA’s eclipse coverage below.

Photo: A screenshot from Android O’s reveal livestream (Courtesy Android via YouTube)


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