While it’s too early to speculate on Android 9.0’s name, which will be revealed at the software’s official announcement sometime in August 2018 if Google sticks up to its schedule, an early developer preview will most likely arrive in a month or so. Thus, the flood gates of speculation pertaining to the next major version of Android are now wide open. Of course as it usually happens, the very first people to track down traces of code referring to upcoming software features are developers and tinkerers that disseminate any code Google has released, and especially the Android Open Source Project.
Android developers had one serious problem that made their jobs much harder up until now – they had to develop software for the platform using hardware that’s completely different in just about any way. The community wanted an ARM-based development platform for quite some time now, hoping it would make things easier, and it finally has it.
Huawei has introduced the HiKey 960 board – an ARM-based development board that comes with all the essentials one would need. It employs Huawei’s latest octa-core processor – the Kirin 960 – complete with the Mali-G71 GPU, 32 …