Android Oreo, Android O or Android 8.0 Oreo are the three different names for the latest android version rolled out by Google.
What is Android 8.0 called?
The Google’s Android operating system are generally named after sweet treats and in alphabetical order. So far we’ve had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat. The latest OS update is Oreo.
What is the Android 8.0 Oreo release date?
Google made public the developer’s variant in March 2017, ahead of its May Google I/O developer’s conference. Since then we have had public betas, and now Android O is official. The search giant revealed the name at the height of solar eclipse in New York on August 21, 2017.
Here is the list of new features which you can expect:
- 2x faster
- Background Execution limits
- Deep Color
- Downloadable Fonts
- Android 8.0 Emoji
- High Performance Audio
- Improved Battery
- Integrated Printing Support
- Notification Dots
- Notification Snoozing
- Picture in Picture
- WiFi Assistant
According to Google, the new Android 8.0 Oreo will improve the start up speed of your Nougat devices up to 2 times the current figure.
Get started with your favorites tasks more quickly with 2x the boot speed when powering up – with boot speed measured on Google Pixel.
Autofill is a feature which with your permission remembers your password and allows you to login to your favorite apps at supersonic speed.
Background Execution Limits
Android 8.0 Oreo helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, it’s the super power you can’t even see. More control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.
Enables applications to render richer visual content with more vibrant colors and subtle gradients. Supports full-color management which allows applications to render images in the format and quality they were intended.
With downloadable fonts, you can load fonts from a shared provider instead of including them in your APK. The provider and support library manage the download of fonts and shares them across apps. The same implementation also supports downloadable emoji, so you can get updated emoji without being limited to the emoji built into the device.
Android 8.0 Emoji
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High Performance Audio
With an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, the audio output has increased. The API function provides high-performance audio including Native C/C++ audio API.
An improved battery is a life saver in unfavorable conditions. Whether you’re talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.
Integrated Printing Support
Android O comes well suited with integrated printing support. It is compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide. Hence, it is now possible to print important documents, pictures and many other things with just a few clicks.
The notification dots on an Android launcher use a notification access permission to see what notifications are in the notification shade at the moment and display a small dot in the corner of the app icon to let you know that you have a notification.
Notification badges or dots can be disabled manually to prevent “dot overload”. Press the notification dots to quickly see what’s new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing. Sliding a notification slowly to either side reveals the snooze timer and the settings icon. Tapping on snooze brings up options to snooze the notifications for anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour, the former being the default setting.
Picture in Picture
Allows you to see two apps at once, it’s like having super strength and laser vision. Until now, it was not possible for you to play songs concurrently while doing some other work on your phone. But, with the help of this feature, you can listen to songs on YouTube while using some other app.
It is a smart feature in the latest Android version which automatically connects you to high-quality open WiFi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google. Additionally, it automatically calls off your WiFi whenever you’re not in the range. Ultimately, it helps to save the battery.
Android 8.0 Oreo compatible devices
Google has announced the update of the following devices:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Pixel C
- Nexus Player
It is worth pointing out that some non-Google smartphone users can also expect the Android 8.0 update soon. “By the end of this year, hardware makers like Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to be launching or upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo,” said Google in a blog post.