Google had been testing its latest Android software for quite a while and rumors have been rife over the alleged features that the newer version of the smartphone OS will bring. In all this time, the software was known by the tag Android 8.0, or Android O. However, it remained a mystery as to what the 'O' represented.

After months of anticipation, Google finally revealed the new software to fans on Monday, August 21. The launch coincided with the Great Solar Eclipse in the United States as well, making it an auspicious event. Google revealed that the 'O' in Android O stood for Oreo after the well-loved cream filled cookie.

What's in a name?

Unlike Apple's software, iOS, Google likes to base all of its operating systems on the names of popular food. So, the last version of Android was named Nougat and the one previous to that one was named Marshmallow. Not only are all of these edible items, but the names are popular all over the world. So, the Oreo name may be apt for the new software version, as the Oreos are well recognized.

Google had previously partnered with Nestle and Hersheys to name one of its earlier Android versions as KitKat. So, this time as well the tech company has partnered with the other two. Google also unveiled its official statue for the new Android OS, as it does with every new version of its software.

This time around it is quite unique and shows an Android mascot with a body represented by an Oreo.

The mascot is also seen wearing a cape, likely indicating a super-hero themed statue with the iconic Oreo brand. The operating system is now available worldwide through Google's Android Open Source Project.

When will the update roll out?

As is the case with all Android software updates, the new Android Oreo will hit different smartphones at different times. For instance, the Google handsets will be the first to receive the new platform. This means that the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, and Pixel XL handsets will receive the update sooner than all other handsets. Google has already confirmed that the Android Oreo update will be rolled out to these devices soon.

After the rollout is completed for Google's own smartphones, the company will likely start updating the devices from other OEMs as well. As a rule of thumb, The Android Oreo update will roll out to the stock Android handsets faster. For instance, those handsets running Android 7.1.1 will get the update sooner than those devices only running Android 7.1.