Now that Android Oreo has officially been launched by Google and most of the premium smartphones already have it, it is time to concentrate on the next big version of Android OS which is going to be Android P. There are rumors that the name of the next Android OS version will be Pistachio Ice Cream though nothing is yet confirmed. The Android smartphone world is also speculating the features Android P might have. It is assumed that the end of 2018 is when Android P is likely to hit the market. The following is a complete jest of all the speculations regarding Android P.
The Naming of Android 9.0 and Android Naming History
Here are some rumoured names of the next Android version – Android Pie, Android Pecan Pie, Android Pumpkin Pie and this speculation of pie started due to a reference to Android Pi in the Android Open Source project.
But some Google Developers are dropping some hints on the naming of Android 9.0 on social media sites. Some of those hints suggest that it could be Android Pineapple which could also be a dig at Apple. But the recent hints suggest that developers are calling it Android Pistachio Ice Cream internally. It is the most appropriate name because it is linked with sweet treats with which all the previous versions are named.
If you see the naming trend of Android OS, they are mostly based on sweet treats. The following is the complete history of Android OS nomenclature.
- Android Donut (v1.6)
- Android Eclair (v2.0)
- Android Froyo (v2.2)
- Android Gingerbread (v2.3)
- Android Honeycomb (v3.0)
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)
- Android Jelly Bean (v4.1)
- Android KitKat (v4.4)
- Android Lollipop (v5.0)
- Android Marshmallow (v6.0)
- Android Nougat (v7.0)
- Android Oreo (v8.0)
When Is Android 9.0 Coming Out?
Google I/O 2018 will be the event when Google is going to announced the release date of Android P. The event is taking place in the mid of May. There is also speculation that Google will release a Developer Preview version during the event which could be installed on the latest Pixel devices. After a few public beta versions, one can expect the official release of the stable version by August or end of 2018.
But there are least chances of Android smartphone users to get OTA update of Android P from their OEMs by 2018 unless the version gets released by August this year. It is likely to be early 2019 when the smartphone users get the complete test of Android 9.0 or Android P.
Features Expected –
There are wide rumours about the features Android P is likely to have. One of the most prominent ones is Wi-Fi Direct printing support. Other than that, better Bluetooth aids, small image file size like iOS 11’s HEIC files, storing multiple photos in one file like Live Photo and Burst Mode are highly expected. As always, there are going to be enhancements on battery life and overall performance. Google is rumoured to work on less defragmentation process and removal of access to unofficial APIs as informed by some XDA developers which is upsetting some Android developers. There could also be some huge improvement in the Picture-in-Picture mode.