It’s official! The next iteration of Android will be ‘Oreo’. Google made Android 8.0 official at a presentation held in New York during the 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 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 the 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.
1. 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 connect to the Wi-Fi at home and office, you will be able to turn on the Wi-Fi at these 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.
3. Smart text selection
Android O will use Google’s advanced machine learning techniques to recognize selected text. It will then segregate them into categories like address, email ID and contact number. It’ll also allow the users to select the complete address by long tapping the text inside the address.
4. Notification dots
Similar to notifications in iPhones, smartphones with Android O will show notifications as a dot on the top corner. The users will be able to long-press the application to access the notification quickly instead of pulling down the notification tray from the top.
Autofill feature will enable auto filling of data like credit card number and addresses within an app. Also, the users will be allowed to customize how their data is filled in certain apps. Earlier, autofill was restricted to web users mostly. This will also make setting up 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 Apple’s iOS. The new emojis would be more user-friendly.
7. Wi-Fi awareness
Did you ever want 2 of your devices to talk to each other? Well, that’ll be possible now! In Android O, a new feature called Wi-Fi Awareness will allow Wi-Fi devices to connect to each other via an ad hoc local network.
This feature will not be noticeable when using Android O on your device. Vitals works in the background to keep your smartphone safe and secure from hackers and viruses. It is like a new security layer for Android.
9. Background limits/ System optimisations
With the new Android 8.0, Google says that they have reduced the boot time 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 prevents the background-running apps from hampering the performance.
10. Adaptive icons
This feature will let developers create adaptive icons in different shapes based on the OEM’s custom UI. The system will also be able to animate interactions with the icons to use them in launchers, shortcuts and settings.
11. Bluetooth 5.0
One of the biggest features in the new Android 8.0 is the support for Bluetooth 5.0. You can expect the new Bluetooth to increase the data transfer speed by 4 times in comparison to the previous generation.
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)