Google to livestream Android O reveal on August 21 during the eclipse

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Get your solar eclipse glasses on and watch as Android O touches down on Earth. The Android O launch event is set to take place on 21 August at 2:40 PM ET, will also coincide with the solar eclipse and Google will be the making the most of the celestial event. There is no information on what the "O" stands for, but Google had posted details about the new features of its all-new operating system. Google has promised to show off "the next release of Android and all of it's super (sweet) new powers".

The way apps operate in the background will also be tweaked as part of Google's ongoing efforts to improve battery life on Android. It's a huge red herring. But now, the US-based firm has finally announced that 500 million devices will now support the new novel feature. Under this, users will be able to use certain apps over other apps. Android Instant Apps allows users to access apps from search engines, social media, messaging, and other links without the need to first install these apps. Oreo was one of the more popular choices.

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The next version of Android is now known as Android O, but that's not the software's official name. There's a new teaser site up at Android.com/eclipse, which counts down the time until the event. As of this writing, there's no indication that a true desktop port of Google Allo is in the making, though that seems like a probable scenario. Despite borrowing many HTC characteristics, Google Pixel 2 also stays true to its roots: the screenshots revealed that the smartphone will feature the navigation bar from the original Google Pixel. The engineers did not mention which companies that Google is working with and what devices we are looking at, but we suppose it's still comforting to know that older Android devices might not necessarily be left behind.

At this year's Google I/O, the company launched Instant Apps for the public and has ever since been expanding the portfolio with apps that support it.

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