Android’s next version Android O was in Preview phase since March this year and was later updated in different versions releasing in May, June, and July. Many were calling it with several expected names like Oatmeal Cookie. Finally Google has put down the curtain and launched the next generation of Android officially through Live stream, which is named Android Oreo v8.0.
Since Oreo is circular with cream filled inside, it looks like Solar Eclipse. To make the moment special, Google launched Android 8.0 during the Solar Eclipse in USA which occurred for the first time since 1917. The company has also started rolling out the new update immediately to Pixel and Nexus smartphones. Along with all Pixel devices, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player are also getting the update. Google also said that all devices that has enrolled for the beta program will automatically get Oreo update, soon.
Let’s check out what all new Features we get in Android Oreo 8.0, compared to Nougat.
The new Android Oreo is not only 2x faster then Nougat, but also keeps the least used background apps and activities minimized to make room for your current apps. You now also have better control over how apps run in the background.
With Android 8.0, you can now use two apps simultaneously. For example, you are on a video call but at the same time checking out today’s schedule. A easy to use multitasking is now by default in stock Android.
We all have seen this in Android O Preview. A notification dot on your favorite apps that lets you know you have new Notification on that particular app. You can check it without sliding down the Notification panel. Simple long-press the app and the Notification Pops up. You can even clear out the notifications by simply swiping away.
Android Instant Apps:
This is one of the very useful feature making its way with Android Oreo. You can now test out any new App simply from your browser. No need to install it on your phone. That’s Instant App.
Android Oreo’s new WiFi Assistant also lets you auto-connect the device to high quality Wi-Fi and secures it with a VPN back to Google.
There’s also a new feature called Wi-Fi Aware. This lets the supported device’s hardware to discover and chat with each other even when they are not connected to Wi-Fi hotspot or internet.
Android 8.0 comes with Autofill feature remembers your login credentials with your permission of course, that lets you sign in any app comfortably and fast.
With Android Oreo, when you copy any text, the system brings up most suitable options for the clipboard. For example, if you copy a phone number, the floating bar will suggest you to open the dealer. Similarly, when you copy an Address, it will suggest you to open Maps.
Android 8.0’s Smart Sharing feature works with pictures. Just like the texts, it recognizes the photo’s context and brings up most relevant app to take over. For example, if you click a Selfie, you get suggested with Social Networking apps to share it. Similarly when you click picture of any receipt, it will bring up expense tracking application. And Smart Sharing keeps improving by learning your behavior.
Apart from these features, Android Oreo 8.0 is more secured then any other Android version It keeps your smartphone and data stored on it from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven’t installed yet! The operating system also comes with the best battery saving technologies so far.
Since now Android Oreo is official, most of the manufacturers have already started porting it for their flagships and other smartphones. However, Google’s own Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be the first smartphones to launch preloaded with Android Oreo. You can check the list of other Brand’s Smartphone Models who are setting up to get Android 8.0 update soon.