Android Police regularly tears apart the Google app beta APKs to unearth various facts about Android. This time it’s the Google app v7.11 that has revealed the next big Android. It’s most likely to be Android 8.1.
The website has been able to conclude the Android version after seeing the API level of the SDK used to build the Google app; it’s API level 27 with version name ‘8.1.0’. For an earlier version of the Google app, it was API level 26 and version name ‘OMR1’ aka Android Oreo.
This also rules out the chances of Android P being the next big Android, a possibility was indicated by reports of new Android P-related commits getting merged into the AOSP.
Many people might have guessed Oreo 8.1’s arrival after considering last year’s release of Nougat 7.1, a few months after Nougat 7.0 was launched. Regarding the launch of Android 8.1, similar to previous year, it might arrive with the Pixel 2 devices scheduled for release at Google’s October event.
The teardown also tells something about the Google Assistant-powered headphones codenamed ‘Bisto’. According to the code, when the headphones would connect to your device, their battery would display in the form of notifications.
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