The latest android version of the smart phones used to be Android Nougat but now a new era arrives; a higher version will very soon be available; Android Oreo which will be Android 8 version of the operating system.
Android Oreo – Android 8 is being launched by Google!
By 21st of August 2017 which is today, Google officially announced the latest Android update; Android 8 which is also officially called Android Oreo or O as expected for many months.
If you are not already familiar with the earliest versions of Android OS which are, Kitkat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and lately Nougat … Oreo; the arrival of the Android Oreo may not excite you as much as it does excite most of the beloved readers of my blog. But dont worry. We will explain you what it is. It is not a name of candy as it sounds. It is the latest and most advances Google operating system’s version for smart devices; the 8th version; Android Oreo 8.
What’s new with Android Oreo for the ecosystem of users and developers?
Android Oreo can offer fluency to more than 2 Billion devices currently using the Operating System!
It is possible that for some users, these new features of Android Oreo are not taken care of but, in terms of security and performance, each new update helps:
Reduce the amount of terminals compromised with viruses, malware and other malicious files (Google Play Protect),
Decrease the amount of slow devices that seem “unwilling” to work (Android Go),
Regulate excessive battery consumption (Vitals),
Improve the user experience,
Eliminate situations where you can not install and / or access new applications due to lack of compatibility with the operating system.
- 2x faster to boot up
- Minimises background app activity
- Autofill remembers app logins
- Picture in Picture lets you see two apps at once
- Notification dots quickly show you what’s new, and can be swiped off screen
- Android Instant Apps launch within your browser with no installation
- Google Play Protect scans apps to keep your device and data safe
- Improved battery life
- Redesigned emoji library with more than 60 new emoji
Are you still waiting for Android Nougat? Well, Google introduced March 21 the next version of its operating system, Android Oreo, which will arrive as an upgrade to multiple devices in the future.
On August 21, Google revealed that the name will be Android Oreo.
Since March, Google released the previous version of Android Oreo for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus Player, just like in the Android Emulator.
This first preview was intended for developers, mainly for the purpose of allowing them to explore the new features and implement them in their apps.
Because of this, it was necessary to install this update on compatible devices manually. On May 17 at its developer conference Google I / O 2017, the company introduced the new Android Oreo beta program, which allows developers and interested parties to install the second version of Android Oreo wirelessly.
Here we compiled the main novelties of Android 8.0 Oreo and the differences that would have with Android Nougat
Android Oreo, is the first time that Google will split the operating system into modules to reduce the time it takes for manufacturers to update their devices.
Currently, Android updates go through a long process and this is the reason why it takes so long to reach the devices.
Once Google releases a new version of Android, chip makers (Qualcomm, MediaTek, etc.) have to offer new drivers (customizing some parts of the Android code) for compatibility, but it can take time because the code is scattered in Different sectors of the operating system.
Once chip makers do their thing, cell phone companies (such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola, etc.) can add all the customizations they started to try with the Android source code.
Then, if the cell phones are sold directly by an operator, manufacturers have to send the update for approval before it is released. In some cases, it is necessary for Google to approve certain components of the operating system before the operators can approve the updates. After all this is that users start to receive the updates.
With the new Project Treble, the Android architecture changes to have a new vendor interface that integrates all the low-level software developed by chip makers.
Google will work directly with chip makers (processors, etc.) to ensure that the provider interface is compatible with new updates and this interface will be validated by the Vendor Test Suite (VTS) tool.
In this way, Google is created a new module where the code that is of interest to the chip manufacturers, allowing the implementation is easier and practically the cellular manufacturers do not have to depend so much on that process.
Android 8.0 will be the first version to use this new provider interface and the early versions of this new generation of Android already includes this new. This means that Android Nougat and Android Marshmallow will not enjoy the same.
Background apps limits
With a focus on extending battery life and device performance, Android Oreo will now integrate automatic limits to control what apps can do in the background.
These limits will be controlled in three different categories: implicit emissions, background services and location updates.
This aims to be probably the biggest change that would have Android 8.0 and promises to significantly improve the performance of the cell phone and the life of your battery.
The new categories allow the developer to have more control over the different notifications that the user offers, but users will be able to block and change the behavior of each channel individually, instead of having to manage all the notifications of an app together.
In simpler words, this new feature of Android 8.0 would allow you to block only one notification class of an app and not necessarily all the notifications coming from that app. This would allow a notification class to be a priority, not all of which an app generates.
Android Oreo will also allow, depending on the notification channel, the sound or vibration to change; It will also allow you to determine if that kind of notification should appear on the lock screen and whether you should ignore the do not disturb mode.
Notification icons not visible
When you have many notifications or open the quick settings, not all notifications are visible on the device screen.
For this, Google now represents through a line of icons notifications that are not visible. This way, you have at least an idea of the notifications that you need to see.
In addition, you no longer need to open the settings panel to see the battery percentage. This section even shows you more information on the status of your phone, including Wi-Fi, cellular signal and battery.
The new version of Android Oreo allows sliding notifications slightly to postpone them. A clock icon appears to let you select whether you want to postpone that notification, for example, for 15 or 30 minutes.
With the arrival of Android Oreo, apps icons begin to integrate a dot in their upper corner when they have a pending notification.
You can press and hold the app with that point to get a quick view of the notification, and you can clear the notification when you remove it from the notifications panel.
Android Oreo does not drastically change the design of the quick settings but it does improve them.
For example, the settings that allow you to open a menu directly on that panel now have a line in the middle to differentiate them.
However, if you select the text, it opens that menu with more details, but selecting the icon will only activate or deactivate that setting.
Picture in Picture and multi windows
Android Nougat finally brought the native multiwindows that many were waiting for generations and with Android Oreo this improved.
This Android update will now allow the Picture in Picture (PIP) feature to now work on phones and tablets, not just on TVs or boxes with Android TV.
This feature will allow users to continue to watch, for example, a video while navigating to another window. The developer will be able to pause or continue playing the video when the app changes to PIP status if the app is compatible with the app.
Also, Android Oreo will also bring new support for multiple monitors that will allow you to start an activity on a remote monitor.
With Android Oreo, Google enables a new autocomplete API that would allow this feature to work across the entire ecosystem.
In this way, the user will have the possibility to choose an autocomplete app the way you can currently choose a keyboard app. With this app, the user can choose where to autocomplete with addresses, usernames and even passwords, without relying on direct navigation in the Chrome browser.
For example, when you open Twitter for the first time, you will be able to receive your username as a suggestion and once you select it, the password will be placed automatically so that you can quickly access your account.
Connectivity and sound quality
Android Oreo brings the compatibility of high quality sound codecs through Bluetooth and Sony has enabled its LDAC codec to be part of this new Android.
Also, Android Oreo adds new Wi-Fi features, such as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN).
This allows devices with the necessary hardware and apps to meet and communicate with other nearby devices to communicate over Wi-Fi without having an Internet connection.
On the other hand, AAudio is a new API designed for applications that need high quality and low delay sound, looking to offer better sound performance in applications that may require it.
It is not the biggest change, but certainly something that does impact the overall experience.
Android Oreo works best with the different interfaces that are available in the ecosystem. Developers will now be able to create icons with different shapes so that they fit the interface of the phone or tablet. The system also includes animations of the interactions with the icon in the different launchers, shortcuts, configurations, dialogs to share and the screen of recent apps.
This new version of Android offers different options of animations so that the developer has the flexibility to choose the one that best suits your app.
With the integration of Android apps on Chrome OS and other large devices, Google has noticed the interest in navigation keys integrated directly into keyboards.
With Android Oreo, Google tries to bring more confidence and a better predictive model for the “arrows” and “tab” keys.
Other performance improvements
Android Oreo now brings support for a bunch of new Java Language APIs, including the java.time API that promises to streamline a bit the behavior of the operating system and apps.
More colors for apps
Developers will now be able to take advantage of the advanced color gamut that some screens can already reproduce.
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Other new features of Android Oreo
Modifications to the notifications panel and quick settings (for example, the icon to open the settings will now be at the bottom, instead of at the top).
Cell phones can be turned on up to twice as fast.
Some apps will double their performance.
Emojis are updated with a new design.
Text selection will use artificial intelligence to not only select a word when you press and hold the screen, but also select full names, addresses and phone numbers.
The pop-up menu that appears when you select text now will understand the context to open Google Maps when you select an address, or open the phone app when you select a number.
Google Play Protect will keep you more informed of the security of your apps.
Always ambient screen displays icons similar to those offered by the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 in its always on screen.
New (temporary) Android logo.
The downloads app becomes a files app and functions as a document and file manager.
In the hidden options, it is possible to customize the Android navigation buttons, allowing them to be tilted to one side or adding up to two new buttons.
In addition, in these hidden options, it is possible to customize the shortcuts of the lock screen.
In Google Pixel, navigation buttons darken when you open the apps drawer.
In Pixel, you have the option to change the theme of the cell phone.