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As if you didn't already have enough on the agenda, Google just teased a big Android O announcement happening on August 21. Eastern on Monday - live from New York City. Google isn't trying to draw all attention to its own event, though. Why Google thinks people would prefer to watch an OS reveal instead of a rare solar eclipse is beyond me but eh, there you have it.

Spotted by Android Police, the video accompanying the Google+ post's teaser bore the word "Oreo" in the filename. These video previews will not produce any sound, so you won't have to worry about a quick search for a video possibly singling you out in a crowd. "Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse", the site promises, "bringing some super (sweet) new powers!". Google has been prepping up for the new iteration of Android for quite some time now, constantly releasing developer previews.

Google has revealed the launch date for the final version of Android O: August 21. But nevertheless, the prospects of having the next Android version called Oreo does seem promising. The new software is coming with a variety of new features. Android Instant Apps bring the native experience of an app to the user without them installing it. Google says that the Instant Apps are available starting today across every country where Google Play operates. Google has tried to remedy this over the years with various initiatives, and earlier this year the company announced their latest efforts with Project Treble.

Auto-playing videos are widely hated among mobile users, but they're becoming more common regardless, showing up in places like Facebook and even in some desktop Google search results.

Google's next big release - Android O beta - has entered Developer Preview 2. This is a new way to build Android for devices that relies on a "Vendor Interface" that talks to the hardware.


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