Android 8.0 officially launches as Oreo

The company had recently released a small teaser of the new software platform that will be hitting the new Pixel 2 phones, along with numerous other Android devices in the coming months.

The upcoming solar eclipse will become visible on Monday along with the release of Android O. Google has reportedly invited the media to cover the release of its latest version of Android called Oreo. For this announcement, the search giant has decided tie the launch of a new product to a major astronomy event: a total solar eclipse. At the time of launch, Nexus 6 came with Android 5.0 operating system but the operating system was upgradable. It will feature peer-to-peer payments, upgrades to Siri, new Live Photo effects and a way to block notifications while driving.

This launch event will take place on the 21st of August, at 2:40 PM, ET. The company has said there are two ways to check out the eclipse: either via NASA's 2017 Total Eclipse Live Stream, or through the reveal for Android O, livestreamed from NYC.

(PiP) mode - Picture in Picture - This feature allows users to use another app while watching the videos. Users also have the option to manually turn off the feature on the Google app. By sharing these stats, Google is encouraging developers to enable their app for Instant Apps and therefore enabled this feature for 500 million phones.

It's been almost one hundred years since we've seen a solar eclipse at the same scale as the one that sweeps across the United States on Monday. Most importantly, Android 8.0 brings Project Treble to new devices, a modularization of the OS away from the hardware. Under this new feature on Android O, users will be able to block or change how the channels function individually. From what we gather, these are the final images, but we'll be sure to update you once the main factory images page has been updated.

Users first got a taste of Android O in March, when Google put out a developer version of the OS, as well as at Google's annual I/O developers conference in May. The support for Android 5.0 Lollipop devices will be added soon.