Android O officially arrives on August 21

Nokia 8 and Google Pixel 2

Google on August 17 added the "Questions and Answers" feature to Google Maps and mobile search to help users get information about places they want to go to.

The picture-in-picture mode will let people watch YouTube videos in a corner of the screen while they use other apps, as long as they have paid for the YouTube Red subscription service.

The phones that are compatible to get the Android O update are Google Pixel phones and Google Nexus smartphones. It's unclear right now, but something is happening when the timer concludes on 2:40pm EST/7.40pm BST on 21 August.

Google said 8.0 Oreo will also feature a new instant apps feature that will enable users to access apps without having to download them, while security settings will automatically scan a user's device for malicious apps and remove them. Chances are that Google will name the next version of its mobile OS

Spotted by Android Police, the video accompanying the Google+ post's teaser bore the word "Oreo" in the filename. The new software is coming with a variety of new features.

Notification Shade: In Android O, there is a little re-ordering of the toggles. Android Oreo puts automatic limits on what apps can do while running in the background, such as implicit broadcasts, background services and location updates.

It's all on top of the artificial intelligence software push Google announced earlier this year at its annual developer conference, Google I/O. Hijacking the hype from today's total solar eclipse, Google chose to sync its Android Oreo launch with the celestial event, and now it's available for all - well, if your phone supports it, that is.

Samsung's new flagship will reportedly run the company's new Samsung Experience 8.5. The marriage of high-end, powerful hardware with Android software will help Google prepare for an "AI-first world", executives said previous year.

What will Android O be called?

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