Hello, world! We have arrived at the next stage of the evolution ladder of the world’s most popular mobile operating system; Android 8.0. We also now have its official name, Android Oreo; though not much surprise in the choice of name, it was widely expected Android O would be called so.
Google made this announcement on Monday, at an event in New York City. The event has a solar-eclipse theme Android.
Android Oreo features
Android O comes with a lot of new features. These features include picture-in-picture display, which will allow you to use two apps simultaneously. A new notification dots on which you can tap to see new things in apps.
Chrome browser comes with new autofill capability across all apps sparing you the trouble of remembering your logins when you switch from mobile web to app version of a site. Google prides itself for having increased battery life with this new mobile OS by supposedly killing off background processes that are not in use. The OS is also said to come with better memory management.
Android Oreo is also said to boot two times faster than its predecessor (mostly confirmed on the Pixel devices). This new OS also comes with Android Instant Apps support; a new feature that allows you to “teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed,” as explained by Google.
Users big on chatting and using emoji to express yourself, you will be glad a new cohort of emoji is coming with Oreo including a t-rex, mind-blown smiley, wizard, and fairy.
Give Android O a test run
You can get Android Oreo now on Google’s Android Open Source Project. Google wrote:
“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.”
Additionally, Android devices currently enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also get the final version. More details on Android O, click here.