Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest mobile operating system from Google, is comprehensively smarter, faster and more powerful than its earlier versions. It comes with a bunch of new features that will make using your phone faster and more delightful than ever. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at lightspeed. We take a look at some of the features that stand out.
Picture-in-picture: The user can now check their schedule while staying on a video call with its picture-in-picture functionality that allows to see them two apps at the same time.
Notification dots: Its notification dots let them tap to see what’s new in their apps—like the important ones on their homescreen so that actions can be taken on those notifications quickly.
Stronger security and battery life: Android Oreo is more secure with Google Play Protect built in, security status front and centre in settings, and tighter app install controls. Battery depleted and still galaxies away from a charger? Been there, too. Android Oreo helps minimise unintentional overuse of battery from apps in the background; these limits keep the battery going longer.
Blazing speed: When the user is on the go, speed is perhaps the most important superpower. With Android Oreo, one can get started on tasks more quickly than ever with a faster boot speed (up to twice as fast on Pixel, in fact). Once you’re powered up, Autofill on Android Oreo remembers things like logins (with your permission) to quickly get you into your favourite apps. Plus, support for Android Instant Apps means you can fire up new apps, no installation needed.
Extraordinary emojis: Android Oreo brings along a team of fully-redesigned emojis, including new emoji to help save the day. The company is pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and it is expected to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player. Google has also been working closely with its 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.