Google Pixel and Nexus handhelds will be the first ones to get the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.
This is in keeping with Google’s tradition of passing any new operating system to its own smartphones first.
All other mobile brands will start getting the Android O Rollout after that. Users will have to check with their manufacturers to know when their handsets will get the update. Nexus and Pixel owners who want to skip the wait can join the Android O Beta program which is still enrolling new entrants. This will allow them to get the update OTA or flash it manually using system images.
When it comes to flashing Android O system images, Pixel and Pixel XL users will have to flash two different images to get the update. Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Pixel C will only use a single system image.
The Pixel devices will need two images, since one will have to be for carriers of the two models and the other will be for devices carried on Sprint, Telstra, TMO, Rogers, Project Fi and ISCC. The developer preview has been updated several times over the year, and users are anxious to try out the new features of Android O.
Android Oreo will allow users to multitask, through a picture-in-picture feature. It will allow them to uses the feature to access another open app, without having to close their current ones.
The Green Alien is also aping the bitten apple by introducing notification dots, which will show how many notifications are available for each application. This is similar to the notification badges on iOS. This is a feature that can be turned on and off.
With the new update, filling in forms will always be a breeze. The new update comes with an AutoFill features which will remember certain details that you fill into forms. Details such as name and address will not be filled out afresh in every form. Any Passwords that you have will also be kept in the same manner. This API will also be available on Google Playstore for older Android versions.
The new update will also have memory and battery savings features which will restrict the usage of these resources by background activities. This is a welcome move, since smartphone owners have always complained about battery usage and memory hogging on the Android OS.
There is a project that Google has been working on for ages, which will allow all brand manufacturers to send updates to their users in a timely fashion. Project Treble has been introduced and will be tested in the delivery of the new Android Oreo.
Project Treble will be available for devices that ship with the new Android * and later. This is because they will have a standardized vendor interface which will free manufacturers from having to wait for system-on-chip vendors such as Qualcomm for any of their updates.
This will make it easy for Android updates to be taken up by handset owners. Already, people have not received the Nougat update, with the adoption rate standing at a mere 13.5% even after a whole year.
The project will also stop hackers from getting access to users handsets through existing bugs such as Stagefright. The individual Hardware Abstraction Layers (HAL) will be tied to the GPS or Microphones of each device. Each HAL will only get access to the hardware drivers it controls and not all.
Basically, Android 8.0 Oreo will come with features that will enhance the Android experience. The Green Alien is truly giving the Bitten Apple a big fight over market domination. In the meantime, Pixel and Nexus owners can start enjoying the new OS as the rest of the world waits.