Google has finally announced the next version of Android in form of Android 8.0 Oreo. The name ‘Oreo’ has been licensed from Nabisco, like it did for it’s Android 4.4 Kitkat with KitKat bars in stores all around the world. It debunked the other name ‘Android Oatmeal’ which was garnering much favor until now. Coming to the exciting details of the upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo features.
Like Apple’s counterpart, the Android O-powered smartphones too will now show the notification alert in a form of a dot in the top corner of the app icon. Users can access the notification quickly by long pressing on the app instead of pulling down the notification tray from the top and tapping on the notification to open it.
The OS will bring new limits on background location and Wi-Fi scans, saving more data than ever before. The OS will limit background app activity in three specific areas which includes implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. Android O will allow any app that is placed in the background to create and use services for a number of minutes. This is expected to increase battery life and free up more RAM in a device.
Bluetooth Audio Improvements
Android O provides Bluetooth audio with support for advanced codecs like LDAC, and the AAudio API. LDAC is a codec created by Sony which can transfer up to 990kbps of data compared to the 328kbps cap of the much more common SBC codec. The codec also has a frequency of 44.1 kHz, which is the same frequency as playing directly from a CD, a huge step forward for Bluetooth audio. Previously, the codec was only available on specified Sony products such as Xperia and Walkman devices, but the codec being integrated into Android itself this time means you should be able to play back high-resolution audio on any compatible Bluetooth headphones. Isn’t that awesome?
Brand New Emojis
The new emojis will have much more 3D aspect to them than the previous iteration. We know that Google has been changing emojis almost every year now, whether you’re happy about it or not, do let us know
– The Settings, time, and profile are now at the bottom of the quick toggles when you bring them down. They are also at the bottom of quick settings when you pull it down. Previously, the time and date were on the top left, with settings and expand buttons on the top right. Some UI rework also seems to have been done on the icons.
Previously, if you brought down the notifications bar to check out the media controls when an album or podcast was playing on your Android phone, you would just see the album cover image. But now, the background of the media control actually changes color, again according to the music’s album artwork. The color also fades into the actual album artwork in the media controls.
Octopus Easter Egg
The Easter egg has changed from the familiar Neko Atsume cat catcher game to an Oreo-looking octopus that kinda just floats around the screen instead.
Camera app update
The default camera app on double-tapping zooms in 50 percent and there’s now a dedicated button for switching between the photo and video modes. Previously the photo and video shoot options wheren’t side-by-side and would be a secret until you swipe between the modes. Now a camera button appears to the left of the record button in video mode, and a video button appears to the right of the shutter button in photo mode.
A familiar tool in many internet channels and within the YouTube app on Android. Google is adding a Picture-in-Picture mode to Android O. With a YouTube video playing, just tap the Home button and the video will pop into a small window that can remain on screen as you navigate other apps on your device. I know, I know, your iOS already has it, now stop cribbing!
The Settings menu is where most of the visual changes with some reshuffling has taken place in the Android O release. The Settings menu is much shorter than it was in Nougat, with no more umbrella categories like “wireless and networks,” “device,” “personal” and “system”. Instead, Android O has more descriptive sections like “networks and internet,” “connected devices,” “apps and notifications” and “security and screen lock”.
The Developers will now be able to create adaptive icons that the system will show in different shapes like square, circle or any other shape based on the OEM’s custom UI. The system also animates interactions with the icons, and uses them in the launchers, shortcuts, settings.
Well there is a huge list of more changes coming in from Google on the Android O, so you can see all of them on Google’s own blog here. Also, you can find some fun video about the Android Oreo below,
We also have a list of devices which will be getting the Android 8.0 Oreo OS. The Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 5X will be the first to taste the Android Oreo OS. Coming to other devices, we have OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5 under OnePlus Banner. The Samsung S8, S8+ and S7 Edge, Sony XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZS, Xperia XA1, HTC U11, Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, Asus Zenfone 3 series, Zenfone 4 series, Micromax Canvas Infinity and the Essential Phone will be receiving the Android Oreo update.
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