Android O’s developer preview has been out for a while now and has been available to those who are interested in taking it for a spin, although so far it has been unclear as to which version Android O is supposed to represent. Logically it would go up a version number from 7.0 to 8.0, although in the past we have seen Google go a different route, like Android 4.4 KitKat.
For those who are curious, wonder no more as it appears to have been officially confirmed that Android O will be version 8.0 as you can see in the screenshot above. As it stands what the “O” is supposed to represent remains unclear, although Oreo has been a pretty popular point of speculation, but that would probably mean another deal like Google did with KitKat, so perhaps Google could opt for something a bit more generic.
Android O’s release date is still pretty much up in the air at the moment, although there is a possibility it could be released earlier than expected. A report from the other day suggested that Android O could be coming to the Google Pixel in August which is earlier than when Android 7.0 Nougat was released for the Nexus handsets.
However its release for non-Pixel/Nexus handsets is another story as it will be dependent on the OEM, but the good news is that Google recently launched Project Treble which is supposed to help improve the time between Android releases and when devices get them.