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Android O could start rolling out to some users as early as August, according to some sources.

New rumours have surfaced that the latest update to Google’s mobile OS may begin arriving on the company’s Pixel smartphones in the first two weeks of August, Android Police editor David Ruddock tweeted.

The news comes from a “reliable source”, he said, but warned that release dates are always changeable.

As first-party devices, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first phones to be updated to the new OS. Nexus phones like the 5X and 6P will follow shortly after, with other devices being updated as and when the manufacturers and networks issue the over-the-air update.

Up until now, updates to Android have had to go from Google to device manufacturers, who pass it on to network carriers, with each having to modify and tweak it in various ways. This is largely why software updates take different lengths of time to reach different devices.

Google’s Project Treble should help curb this disparity, however, removing many of the necessary steps in issuing Android updates and generally making the process much simpler for OEMs. This should translate to a much shorter gap between updates for those with non-Pixel devices.



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