It’s official! The next iteration of Android is called ‘Oreo’. Google made Android 8.0 official during a presentation held in New York during the time of eclipse. Google had released the first developer preview in March this year. It rolled out the second developer preview in May during Google I/O developer conference. The last and final developer version was rolled out in July before Oreo was introduced yesterday.
As per Google’s tradition, the new Android 8.0 Oreo will be first available to Google Pixel and Pixel XL. It will be available to Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C devices in the next few weeks. Here’s what Google said on its blog, “We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player.”
“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version,” it added.
Let us now have check out the top features of Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Improved Battery Life
Android Oreo will limit background location and Wi-Fi scans, saving more data, and in turn increasing battery life. It will free more RAM in a device. Android 8.0 lets users turn on/off Wi-Fi depending on their location. That means if you only connect to the Wi-Fi in office and home, you will be able to turn on the Wi-Fi at set these two locations. So, you’ll be able to save time and energy on manually turning the Wi-Fi on and off all the time.
This new feature will let users perform two tasks simultaneously on a smartphone or a tablet. The users will be able to watch the video and work different apps in the background at the same time.
- Smart text selection
Android O will use Google’s advanced machine learning techniques to recognise selected text as an address, email ID or a contact number. It will also allow the users to select the complete address by long tapping the text inside the address.
- Notification dots
Similar to notifications in Apple iPhones, smartphones having Android O will show notification alert in form of a dot in the top corner of the app icon. Now the users will be allowed to long press the app to access the notification quickly instead of pulling down the notification tray from the top.
Autofill feature will enable autofilling of data like credit card number and addresses within an app. Also, the users will be allowed to customise how their data is filled in certain apps. Earlier, autofill was restricted to web users mostly. This will also make setting up of a new device and synchronizing passwords easy.
Until now, Google used ‘Blob faced emojis’, but with Android 8.0, emojis on Android will be similar to what the emojis appear on Appple’s iOS. The new emojis are said to be more user friendly.
- Wi-Fi awareness
Ever have two devices what want to talk to each other but can’t because both aren’t on the same internet network? Well that doesn’t matter anymore. In Android O a new feature called Wi-Fi Awareness will allow Wi-Fi devices to talk to each other via an ad hoc local network.
Although this feature will not be noticeable when using Android O on your device, but Vitals works in the background to keep your smartphone safer and secure from hackers and viruses. It is like a new security layer for Android.
- Background limits/ System optimisations
With the new Android 8.0, Google says that the boot time has been reduced significantly resulting in a much faster experience on Android. Google has made changes in its runtime including new optimizations like code locality, concurrent compacting garbage collection and more. The company is encouraging all the developers to use their new tools that ensure that the background-running apps do not hamper the performance of the phone.
- Adaptive icons
This feature will let the developers create adaptive icons in different shapes such as square, circle or others based on the OEM’s custom UI on the system. The system will also be able to animate interactions with the icons to use them in launchers, shortcuts and settings.
- Bluetooth 5.0
One of the biggest features in the new Android 8.0 is the support for Bluetooth 5.0. The new Bluetooth is expected to increase the data transfer speed by four times as compared to the previous generation of Bluetooth.
Bonus : If you own a Pixel / Nexus (6P or 5X), you can head straight to the official 8.0 system images and flash your device to take a bite off the Oreo right away… (CAUTION: You need basic knowledge of manually flashing your device)