Android Oreo- What’s new
The eighth major version of the Android mobile operating system, Android Oreo, was made generally available this year.
Fact alert- The internal codename for the Android latest version was Oatmeal cookie.
Android Oreo dissected
Let’s dive into the major features of Android 8.0, the latest update of Android. Android 8.0 is not shockingly different from its predecessor Android 7.1.2 (Android Nougat), but a few things will definitely stand apart.
A refreshing UI
There is a steep reduction in the ‘Settings menu’ options when compared to Android Nougat, and the grouping of the Settings screen layout has been changed a bit, which might require getting used to, but will eventually make more sense.
If they do mean a lot to you, you’ll love the revamped emoji set of Android Oreo, which contains about 50 of them. These will appear on your keyboard, and also in the applications that support Android Oreo.
This major enhancement lets you view an application within another. For an instance, you can check your email while you watch a video on Youtube. The setting should be enabled by default, but if not you can go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Picture-in-picture to choose which apps can use it.
This feature allows you to open multiple apps at once, and Oreo presents you with an ability to alter this feature. When you work on an application and return to the home screen, a visible silver from the application remains on the top, enabling you to see which app you were using.
Pull down the bar to get a preview of the app, or expand it to resume working.
With this update, little dots appear on apps suggesting new notifications. When the app icon is touched and held, the notifications will open in a pop-up, or short-cuts will be suggested for specific actions.
If you just got a notification, which is not urgent as of now, but you would want to be reminded about it later, Android Oreo lets you snooze it and schedule it to appear at a later time. Developers can set a time lag after which notifications of specific apps disappear, or tweak the pattern or color of the notification background.
No Notification Spamming anymore
Apps nowadays might use multiple channels for different notifications. For an example, an airline application might use one channel for notifying its users of their flight schedule, while another for promotional messages.
You now have the power to decide which channel can buzz your phone and disturb you. You can even block the channels altogether.
Through a classification using attention-based sorting, channels are divided into 4 categories defining their urgency.
Google Play Protect
Android’s security and privacy suite has made its debut through Android Oreo. It will not only scan all applications that you install from the App Store but will continuously look out for the threats on your phone that might have entered through other channels.
Battery life and Efficiency
With Android Oreo, your phone’s performance and battery life will witness a boost. According to Google, on a Pixel device, Android Oreo boots up twice as fast as Android Nougat.
Through Execution limits, to prevent battery life, apps that are not on the fore are restricted from taking up resources, while location limits make sure that no application extensively queries into your device’s location information, thereby preventing battery drain.
When will you get to taste it?
Lucky you if you own the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, or the Pixel C, for you have been delivered the Oreo already!
If you are not using one of Google’s own smartphones, we doubt that you have had an upgrade to it yet. As history reveals, the other major Android device manufacturers, be it Samsung, LG, HTC or Sony take several months to bring the operating system’s updates to their users.
This is a status update from these manufacturers on their smartphones supporting Android Oreo-
Samsung – Earlier in November, Samsung started running Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices. It will allegedly bring out updates for all devices till Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, but it could take months before this happens.
LG – Its latest LG v30, which was launched after Android 8.0 released, still runs Android 7. A week ago, LG offered a preview of Oreo for the phone in its home country South Korea. But, no information has been given about its plan for other countries.
HTC – The company’s latest flagship phone got an Oreo update recently, and other devices like HTC 10, U Ultra, and U11 Life will receive the update soon, allegedly.
Sony – The company has already released Android 8.0 for Xperia XZ, XZs, X Performance, and Xperia XZ Premium.
OnePlus – OnePlus 5T does not come with Android Oreo but is expected to get the update early in 2018. OnePlus 5 has received the beta version of Oreo, while OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T are given the official updates.
Motorolla – The company has recently revealed its plans to roll out the update this autumn for its Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Play, Moto G5, Moto G5S, Moto G5 Plus, Moto G5S Plus, Moto X4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones.
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