Google revealed the name of its highly anticipated upcoming version of Android and it’s called Oreo. The search giant is keeping up with the trend of following an alphabetical order and naming the OS version after a sweet.
This time around, Oreo was actually the popular public opinion and the name made it to the final cut. Google calls it, “smarter, faster, more powerful and sweeter than ever”. Let’s see everything that the new Android 8.0 Oreo operating system has to offer.
Picture-in-picture is a newly introduced feature in Android Oreo where you can shrink the window of a particular app and continue using another app. You will then be able to use both the apps simultaneously. This feature is similar to what you might already have experienced in YouTube.
You can also move the window around so it doesn’t interfere with your other tasks. If you want to dive into the other app, just click on its window. In case you don’t need it anymore, just swipe it away.
Android Instant Apps and Notification Dots
Android Instant Apps which was announced a year ago will finally see the day of light with Android Oreo. You will now be able to use an app without installing it, similar to browsing a website. This will be a great feature as users will now have a choice of trying out an app without having to install it.
The newly introduced notification dots can indicate pending notifications on selective apps and quickly allow you to see those right on the app icon. You can also clear those notifications without having to go anywhere else. These dots follow Google’s minimalistic material design and maintain a clean look.
Security and Battery Efficiency
Android is focussing heavily on security which is evident through its security patch updates being sent throughout the year. Google Play Protect is a mechanism which scans across 50 billion apps every day to see if it’s secure. This ensures that you never install any malicious apps from the Play Store. Google has also claimed that, “hostile downloader apps can’t operate without permission; users now permit the installation of APKs per-source.”
Battery efficiency is of course a major objective of every new upgrade in Android and 8.0 Oreo has some key improvements in this front. Background limits is a new enhancement which restricts the background activity of apps you use the least. There might be other improvements for better battery efficiency which Google hasn’t talked about specifically.
Emojis have become a new way of expression and Google is happily improving and adding more of them in Oreo. The new Android version will come with a fully redesigned emoji set which is expected to look better than now. Moreover, 60 new emojis will be introduced with the OS.
Project Treble is what Google calls the “biggest change to the foundations of Android to date”. It will allow the hundreds of hardware makers which use Android to deliver OS updates faster than ever. This will be made possible by a modular architecture which allows makers to easily push new Android updates. It’s an amazing change initiated by Google and hope OEMs might take advantage of Project Treble to push quick updates.
Behind the scenes improvements
Performance is vastly improved in the new Android 8.0 Oreo. Google claims that the boot time is now 2 times faster in Pixel. App loading times might get a boost as well. Audio quality is now enhanced all thanks to the presence of Native C/C++ API. There are many minor improvements which uplift the performance and user experience.
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