Android O’s biggest hidden feature might have FINALLY been revealed

The latest version of Android is expected to release this summer, and it looks like the successor to Nougat may be called Oatmeal Cookie – not Oreo.

The possible name for Android 8.0 was discovered by tech website Myce after they dug around in the code for Google’s upcoming mobile OS.

They found oc-dev mentioned a number of times within the code, which seems to follow on from former branch names used by Google.

Oc-dev is also referred to as OC-MR1 in messages relating to Android O.

If those two characters are initials for what Android 8.0 is called, then the most likely name for the mobile OS could be Android Oatmeal Cookie.

It would follow on from other treat-based names that Google called previous versions of Android, such as the current Android Nougat.

Android O has so far largely been rumoured to be called Android Oreo.

It would require Google to team up with Oreo makers Nabisco to use the name, but similar collaborations have been done in the past with Android KitKat.

Earlier this month Google released the latest developer preview build of Android O, which confirmed that it would be Android 8.0.

So far we know that Android O will feature notification channels, picture-in-picture video, adaptive icons, as well as support for multi-display.

Google said in July the fourth Android O preview build will be released which brings with it “near-final system images”.

The next-generation version of Android includes faster boot-up times, better performance, tweaked notifications and improved battery life.

Android O may be called Oatmeal Cookie - not Oreo

Android O – which is Android 8.0 – is expected to have a release date this summer

Android O may be called Oatmeal Cookie - not Oreo

A lot of speculation has surrounded Android O, with many believing it would be called Android Oreo

But overall, Android 8.0 is not about headline-grabbing new features. Instead, it will double-down on performance tweaks that make the everyday experience better for users.

Smart text selection is also being introduced in Android O.

It will also include faster boot-up times, better performance and improved battery life.

Another new feature is notification dots – new coloured bubbles that appear beside an app icon when you have a notification waiting.

Android O was first released as an alpha quality developer preview on March 21 2017.

Then, in May during the annual developer conference Google I/O, the tech giant showcased a host of Android O features.

One of the standout features is picture-in-picture, which lets you continue watching video content while using other apps.

However, it only works with the US-only paid for YouTube Red subscription and the video chat app Google Duo for now.