After periods of guesses and speculations, the real name of Android O is finally here. The new Android 8.0 Oreo is, according to Google the sweetest treat just yet.
As you know, Oreo comes as the official successor to Android 7.0 Nougat, which has now been around for a year following its official release on August 22, 2016. The OS was first released months ago, but so far, only beta testers and developers have been able to enjoy the software on a limited set of devices.
The Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and Nexus Player are the only devices that have been able to download and install Android 8.0 Oreo in beta. These are also the same devices that will be the first to receive the OTA update to this new OS. Google has mentioned that the OS will roll out soon, but the official date is still unknown.
It’s possible that the OTA update will start rolling out first to those who were part of the beta program and later on head out to the rest of the public. But as usual, not all regions will get the OS at once.
Being an upgrade over Android 7.0 Nougat, an OS that many are enjoying at the moment, Android users will be expecting a lot from Oreo. This is always the feeling whenever a new OS comes into play and as expected, you won’t be disappointed with the latest update. There are a ton of features the OS brings to the fold and just like you, folks at Neurogadget are also looking forward to experience them all.
First, you’ll notice that the new Android 8.0 Oreo has a totally changed user interface when compared to Nougat. Google also says that the OS is now faster than the 2016 version. In fact, the search giant has some real figures for you, claiming that Oreo is now 2x faster than Nougat when it comes to booting up your phone. This figure was achieved via tests carried out on the Google Pixel, which means the results could vary depending on the phone you are using – but the change should be evident.
Android Nougat has had a huge impact on increasing the general performance speed of devices. Well, the new Android 8.0 Oreo is about to do the same thing by limiting background activity in apps that you rarely use. By doing this, all those resources that would have been wasted on these apps will be redirected to the most used ones, thus speeding up your device.
Android 8.0 Oreo is also bringing another feature known as Autofill. This is something you’ve probably met on the web, but Google now wants you to enjoy the same privileges with your Android apps. Once you are on Oreo, you will be able to login in to your favorite apps without entering the login details. These details will be entered instantly. Cool huh!
There’s also the picture in picture or PIP feature. This one lets you minimize video calls on an app like WhatsApp, thus allowing you to do other tasks on the app, for instance, share a photo with the same person or another contact. You can even check into other apps like your Calendar or email while still chatting on the video call. Remember, you can always switch back to the full screen by tapping on the app in question.
Google has also equipped Android 8.0 Oreo with a feature known as notification dots. This one allows users to quickly view notifications by long-pressing on app icons. In addition to viewing, you also get an option to clear the notifications by swiping away. The OS also brings a bunch of new emojis (more than 60) as well as an overhaul to the design of current ones.
There’s so much to enjoy about this new OS, which means many Google Pixel and Nexus 6P (Nexus 5X) owners are dying to get their hands on it. If you can’t wait for the OTA update, you can download the system image files and flash them manually on your supported device, however, make sure that you get the right version for your model.
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