Get Ready for Android Oreo!

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The next big update to Google’s Android OS is called Oreo! It comes with some sweet new features and improvements so let us break down this cookie for you!

Google’s 8th and greatest update Android Oreo was released on August 21st. For those eager to make the jump, here’s what you can expect.

User Experience

Boot times are now 2x faster, at least on the Google Pixel. By minimizing the activity of background apps, battery life has also been significantly improved. Notifications have also been polished. Now, you can snooze them and group them into what Google calls “channels”. Tapping the notification dots of apps can bring up what’s latest, without opening the app in question. Customizing the ringtone and notification sounds have also been simplified. In fact, the Settings app has seen a revamp, with a new white background and clearer categories.

Picture-in-picture

A much-awaited feature is finally implemented in Android Oreo! Picture-in-picture allows you to have the screen of one app open while browsing another. Apple introduced this back in 2015, though only for iPad. The iPhone is unlikely to see the feature any time soon. However, if your Android can run Oreo you can now try it out!

Behind the scenes

Apart from a faster and more energy efficient experience, Google has put some more cream into the new OS. Android Oreo now supports Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN). Developers can now utilize a wide color gamut in apps and a bunch of new APIs. Users will especially notice the new auto-fill API which gives a smoother experience. VoIP apps now has a system-level API integration which correlates well with the new picture-in-picture feature. Google’s Safe Browsing has seen improvements as well as more efficient malware scans of all 50 million Google Play Apps.

Moreover, we see 60 new emoji that deviates from the blob-design we saw on Android KitKat. Now we’re back to the round design seen in iOS. (Was it the Emoji Movie’s fault)?
OEMs will welcome the fact that they only have to modify the OS framework while keeping the same vendor interface. This “seamless updates” idea started with Android 7.0 and is now getting a revision! Also, the operating system doesn’t have to be downloaded to the user partition first before updating anymore. Instead updates now flash the system partition directly. This saves a lot of space for users with limited storage.

Android Go

Google offers Oreo in a light variant dubbed Android Go. This version, aimed at low-end devices, uses less system resources. It will also come with light version of Google’s apps, for example YouTube Go. In theory, low-power, low-end devices could still come with all of Android’s features. We are yet to see how these devices will affect the market.

You won’t unfortunately see the update unless you have a Google Pixel. Other OEMs will have to make their tweaks to the system before they roll Oreo out to compatible devices. This has been true of Android devices from the start, but nothing stops you from flashing your device and trying out the new ROM however.

So, what are your thoughts guys? Are you already rolling with Oreo, or?

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