Last month, Google sent developers out on a scavenger hunt. The short digital game eventually culminated with the announcement of this year’s I/O event. After the hunt, Google confirmed the this year’s Google event will happen in May. In line with this, many now believe the search giant meant to announce the rumored next iteration of the Android operating system, the Android O.

Google might release Android O during this I/O event in May

At the moment, the actual Android operating system has yet to acquire an official name. For now, a number of pundits online speculate that it will be called Android Oreo. However, Google is yet to make a formal announcement about it. Which, going back to the matter at hand, could be done during the aforementioned event.

For many years, Google has used its annual I/O event to announce the company’s upcoming products. The Android Nougat, or at that time is called Android N, was announced at the same event as well.

According to Venture Beat, Google is planning on introducing a number of smart features to the Android O operating system. One nifty feature involves the Android messaging app and the Google map. With this new feature, users will be able to open physical address sent over the messaging app and view its location from the Google Map application.

Another feature that Google is toying with is gesture control. Instead of the standard-issue voice recognition, the user can bring up various app shortcuts with just a few finger strokes. For instance, if a user wants to check the Contacts app, all one needs to do is swipe the letter “C” on the screen. This will automatically bring up the Contacts app for the user.

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At the moment, Google is yet to make an official announcement about contents of its upcoming I/O event. Apart from the schedule and venue, nothing much is known about it. It is still unclear if Android O will be announced during the said event. However, basing on previous Google I/O events, there is a strong chance that it will happen.