Android has officially launched Oreo, the successor to Android Nougat version. As expected, there are tonnes of features and updates that will help the company to move with the changing customer demands, shifting technology preferences, and evolving digital behaviour across the globe.
Let’s check out all there is to know about Oreo – the crunchy new update from Android:
The Launch of Android Oreo 8.0
Google had provided a peek of things to come with a Developer Preview of Android O in March 2017, before the Google I/O Developer’s Conference held in May. Since then we have had many public betas to check its stability and user experience. Finally, Android has gone ahead with a full-fledged launch on 21 August 2017.
Google will start to roll out the OTA update to Nexus and Pixel devices soon, but at present, it is pushing Oreo just to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for other developers to start working on their individual updates.
Let’s Know About its Features
The Android 8.0 Oreo brings a number of new features and UI changes. So, let’s check out top features of this Google’s latest version.
The feature primarily enables the users to watch videos on the device at the time of using any other application. This is just like the floating bubble of Android Facebook Messenger. I would like to mention that OEMs such as Samsung and various third-party apps already provide the same feature but a native support indicates an enhanced user experience.
2. Bluetooth 5
One of the best features of Android Oreo is its support for Bluetooth 5.0. Although the hottest generation Bluetooth is not actually widely available, we anticipate more phones to be available with the latest Bluetooth 5.0.
3. Emojis get better
After this update, emojis on Android will seem much same as what they show on the Apple’s iOS. Previously, Google utilized “Blob faced emojis.” With Android Oreo, Google revealed the full compatibility with Emoji 5.0 that comes with many new emojis, for example, orange heart, vomit face and dinosaurs.
Many OEMs facilitate users to do many more things such as taking selfies and navigating the user interface with the fingerprint scanner besides locking/ unlocking the Smartphone. The latest version of Android now allows developers to comprise native fingerprint-based gesture controls.
5. Better performance
With the Android Oreo, we can expect a comparatively faster experience on Android. The new iteration drastically reduces the boot time, the Google said. Moreover, the Google has worked to optimize performance for applications that always run in the background apps.
Google now provides you more choices to customize notifications. For instance, you have the facility to snooze the notifications and answer at your suitable time. Users can see these missed notifications by simply tapping on the notification dots visible on the app. Moreover, users are also able to preview more notifications content before entering the app.
7. Autofill Framework
Android 8.0 comes with Autofill Framework of Google which allows autofill data such as credit card number or addresses inside the apps. Up till now, the auto-fill feature was restricted to web users.
Many users turn off Wi-Fi with the aim to save battery or avoid having a connection with an insecure network. The latest update of Android solves this problem by enabling users to turn on or off the Wi-Fi depending on your location. Thus, if you only want to connect to Wi-Fi in work and office; you have the flexibility to set Wi-Fi to turn on at these particular locations. This will be time-saving.
The recent announcement of Google Android Update is compatible with the following devices:
1. Nexus 5X
2. Google Pixel
3. Nexus 6P
4. Google Pixel XL
5. Nexus Player
6. Pixel C
Google is looking at the possibility to expand the compatible device line-up by the end of the year. You can expect devices from GM, Essential, HMD Global, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Motorola, LG, Sharp, Samsung, and Sony to either get upgraded to or launched with the Android Oreo.