In previous years Google have released full version name updates to Android with a new device. This year that looks set to change with two credible sources confirming that Android O will be arriving on August 21. The second generation Pixel phones are not expected to arrive until later in the year.
David Ruddock, Managing Editor of Android Police tweeted out a few rumours the other day saying that Google are “planning some degree of spectacle” around the arrival of Android O. He said that Android O will receive it’s name on the 21st of August, although at the time he could not verify this.
According to one source whose information I cannot verify, Android O will receive a name on the day of the solar eclipse (August 21st).
— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 10, 2017
He followed this up today with the following tweet stating that the Android O update for the Pixel phones is scheduled for this same date:
The Android O update for Pixel is now scheduled for August 21st.
— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 11, 2017
Not long after this was also confirmed by serial leaker Evan Blass:
Android O release scheduled for the week of 8/21, "most likely on the 21st itself."
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 12, 2017
It is very unusual for Google to be releasing such a big update to an old device when there is a new one in the wings. Could they be trying to get in before Apple release the iPhone? Or are they just releasing it once it is ready? Or, and I really like this theory, the Pixel MarkII devices are ready to go as well and they will be arriving next week as well; this seems very unlikely though.