Google announced next version of android operating system at the time when moon was eclipsing the sun. Android O is named as Android Oreo which will be 8th version of operating system. Google maintained to name android OS traditionally by increasing order of Alphabets based on sugar delights. Android 8.0 Oreo will be offering certain new features to it’s users and we will be discussing all of them in this post.
Android O is named after Oreo biscuits
On the note to remind, Android 1.5 was named as Android Cupcake followed by 1.6 (Donut), 2.0 – 2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Ginger-bread), then 3.0 (honeycomb), 4.0 (ice-cream sandwich), 4.1 (JellyBean), 4.4 (Kitkat), 5.0 (lollipop), 6.0 (marshmallow), 7.0 (Nougat) and recent one is 8.0 (Oreo).
Features that Android Oreo 8.0 offers
Every update is better than previous ones or we can say provided to outcome the shortcomings of previous version. In the same way Android Oreo possibly improvised previous features and added new ones to make operating system more attractive, safer and secured. Here is the list of all the new features that Android Oreo 8.0 promises to offer.
Bye Bye Third-Party Apps or is it something else
Yes, you read it right. Android O stops installation of apps from unknown sources as these can be malicious and intends to compromise your data some of the times. Not all third-party apps are dangerous but some of them are modified by hackers and these can lend you into trouble. So Google removed that setting completely and improvised the feature.
Third party apps can’t be installed with a just click. Permission needs to be granted for each source.
But wait you can still install 3rd party apps on your smartphone. Oreo brings a new smart and safer way to do this. Now you have “Install other apps” option where you need to manually grant permission to third-party apps that you want to install from other sources. This feature is considered to be one of the greatest feature that Oreo promises to offer.
Multi-tasking is always preferable
When you are watching a video and a WhatsApp notification arrives. Does that irritates you? You are totally in mood of the video and at the same time you need to check what message you just get. It certainly cause some disappointment. What if you can do both of the work at the same time via Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature of Android Oreo 8.0. PIP is one of the biggest feature stocked with this version of operating system from Google.
PIP feature enable multi-tasking
Yes multi-tasking is now possible with Oreo. Chat or read your notes while watching a video at the same screen and at the same time as well. Suppose you are watching a video on youtube and you get a message on whatsapp. Just press home button and your video will shrink and fit into smaller size on the screen and will continue to play and you can carryout other task on the second app. This one is really cool that 8.0 promises to offer.
Autofill Passwords API Framework is a boon
I am tired of remembering then forgetting them and finally resetting them. Main problem arises for very old accounts where I provided my old mobile number and it becomes very difficult or impossible to reset those passwords. But Oreo 8.0 provides an inbuilt API that stores all your passwords and autofill them whenever required.
Autofill API framework in Oreo helps you to automatically insert passwords
Earlier, we make use of excel sheets or notepad to save all these password related credentials or some password manager to store these information. These password managers requires accessibility permissions from the device to use these passwords. Thanks to inbuilt secure Autofill API framework provided in Android 8.0, now you can use any password manager with all accessibility permissions through out the device. It surely is a boon for me.
Snooze Notifications now
You get a notification and you looked it. Suppose it is a reminder for to do thing and you forget after sometime. It happens with us in real life. Now you can snooze these individual notifications to get another reminder. On top of that you can also set time for reminder. This snooze notification feature is applicable for all apps.
Fingerprint scanner can be utilized for more functions
Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were shipped with loaded fingerprint advanced gestures where user can expand notification tray by sliding down fingerprint and other functions. Later this feature is extended to Nexus smartphones.
Now with Android Oreo, Google is taking this feature to new level and added more gestures to fingerprint scanner. Third party app developers can now use the accessibility service to make use of gestures according to their apps where developers can use swipe in all four directions either horizontal, vertical or up-down.
Battery drain by background apps is minimized
Most dramatic battery drain problem is looked with serious effect in this latest version of android. Apps such as listening services, location services and other background services keep draining the battery juice which ultimately result into low battery performance on your device.
With Android 8.0 Oreo, background execution and location restrictions are imposed to the apps. These restriction will ensure that background apps does not run in wild manner and will shut off apps that are not utilized automatically. Another important restriction will be to apps asking for location each minute, now each app either by google or other developers can request location access once a hour only. This will certainly save a hell of battery juice.
Smart Wi-Fi that turns on automatically
Switching wi-fi on and off is a old game with Oreo. As newer version of android makes wi-fi more smarter and now it turns on automatically when you are in range of your favorite network.
Wifi auto switch on when device is near to habitual location
Smartphone users generally switch off their wi-fi when out to save battery power and they switch it on when they reach their home or office. New android 8.0 allows you to choose automatic wifi on function. So when you reach your location, phone will switch on WiFi and connects to your favorite hotspot. It also scans networks for any potential threats and keeps your device protected.
2X faster than Nougat
Google said that in Oreo, will surely reduced boot time. It is expected to perform twice the speed of Nougat. By this you can perform and use apps over double speed compared to prior version.
Android Oreo 8.0 supports Bluetooth 5
Even though latest generation (5th) of Bluetooth is not widely available in most devices but now as the support is offered we can soon expect newer devices with latest version of Bluetooth.
Google Play is now protected
By Google play you can access lots of apps without installing them on your device. New feature will keep scanning 50 billion apps per day for malicious activity and offensive behaviors. Hence keeping your data and device secured.
Rescue Party – intends to protect your phone from crashes
Even a small software can have bugs and Android Oreo is a large software based operating system and it is normal that it might contain some bugs. So when any serious bug occurs, your device starts crashing and issue of bootloops may arise. But here 8.0 Oreo comes for rescue of your device and automatically applies necessary fixes to avoid crashes. This feature is named as ‘Rescue Party‘.
Other Important features of Android 8.0 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo has this cool feature where two devices with same operating system can share data between them. No need to be online for data transfer, same network is not an requirement here.
access apps without installing them on Android8.0
Now you can simply teleport from your browser to newer apps without even installing them.
Find My Device feature
You placed your smartphone somewhere or it has been missing by the act of steal or something else, with this feature you can locate your device, wipe out data, lock the device by a set of instructions.
Better Text Selection
Copy-pasting has been never that easier, even you can directly open copied text into chrome with a tap. Not only this, text selection is made smarter, if you copied a phone number, Oreo will suggest you dialer and chrome will be suggested when URL is selected and lot more.
New icons and emoji are updated (around 60 new). Google has redesigned their previous blob characters. It allows developers to play with these emoji and design their icons as they want.
Control on notifications
Yes now you select how many notification you want to receive from a particular app. Suppose you select 1 notification in a fixed time then you will be notified only once regardless of actual notifications.
Powered by Android will be seen while booting now
We will keep on exploring this newer version of Android to find out what new it is offering for you. Google has said that very soon they will start rolling Android O in phases as it is in final testing mode.
Till now, few smartphones are announced to get the Android Oreo 8.0 Update and this list goes as follows
- Google Pixel and Pixel XL
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus Player
- Google Pixel C
- Nokia 8
- Nokia 6
- Nokia 5
- Nokia 3
- OnePlus 3T
- OnePlus 5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
- Sony Xperia XZ series
- Samsung Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, C9 Pro and many others
- Motorola Moto G5 Plus
- Moto Z Play, Style, Force
- LG G6, Q8, Q6, G5, V20 and others
- Huawei P10 and P10 Lite
- Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro and various other models
- Asus, Acer, Lenovo too going to update their smartphones with latest Android.
Note :- This list will keep on updating by the time companies announce availability of Oreo for a particular device.
This is what new Android Oreo 8.0 is offering. Tell us in comments if you are interested in a update of Oreo or not.