Google Introducing Android 8.0 Oreo

The search giant continues its tradition of naming releases after confectionery, using a brand name for the second time.

Google’s next version of Android is called Oreo and is coming to smartphones and tablets in the near future.

Google announced that it has pushed the final version of Android 8 Oreo out to the Android Open Source Project, the underlying software that the Android loaded on smartphones and other devices is built on. Google’s Pixel and Nexus handsets will also soon see the update, with beta programme participants receiving it first.

The new operating system received its first stable release on Monday 21 August, but will be more consistently released in the autumn, most likely after Google releases its new Pixel phone in October.

Swift moves, behind the scenes

2x faster:

Get started on your favorite tasks more quickly with 2x the boot speed when powering up*

*boot time as measured on Google Pixel

Background limits:

Android Oreo helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, it’s the super power you can’t even see.

Do two things at once, at once

Picture-in-Picture:

Allows you to see two apps at once, it’s like having super strength and laser vision.

Dive into more apps with fewer taps

Notification Dots:

Press the notification dots to quickly see what’s new, and easily clear them by swiping away.

Android Instant Apps:

Teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.

Accessibility button

Allows you to quickly access from the navigation bar accessibility features, like magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, like Select to Speak.

Accessibility volume

Accessibility services can optimize the audio experience for users with disabilities.

Adaptive icons

Developers can now provide a full-bleed square shaped icon and OEMs will mask the icon to ensure intra-device consistency.

Ambient screen

Highlights the incoming notification with larger font, highlighted app name and immediate access to actions.

Background execution limits

More control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.

Background location limits

Limits the frequency of location updates in the background for better overall system health.

Deep color

Enables applications to render richer visual content with more vibrant colors and subtler gradients. Supports full color management which allows applications to render images in the format and quality they were intended.

Downloadable fonts

Applications no longer need to bundle custom fonts, which helps reduce their size.

Install unknown apps

Hostile downloader apps can’t operate without permission; users now permit the installation of APKs per-source.

Integrated printing support

Compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.

Linkable files

API that allows you to share files across the Internet via web links.

Native C/C++ API for high-performance audio

API function for high-performance audio including Native C/C++ audio API.

Notification categories

More granular and consistent control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.

Notification snoozing

Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing.

Pointer capture

Pointer capture allows the app to capture all mouse input.

Project Treble

The biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates.

TextView autosizing

Developers can now let the size of their text expand or contract automatically based on the size and characteristics of the TextView, making it much easier to optimize the text size on different screens or with dynamic content.

Tooltips

Support for tooltips (small popup windows with descriptive text) for views and menu items.

Wi-Fi Assistant

Auto-connects you to high quality open WiFi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google.

I’ve installed Android 8 on my Google Pixel, and tested a couple of things regarding websites and PWAs and then I got some problems with Android Oreo.

“One key change in Android Oreo is in the architecture: to make it easier in the future for phone manufacturers to make their changes, but still push out new versions of the operating system to users.

“That’s probably the most significant change.”

About Author : Sawan Kumar is a professional technology blogger and admin of tellmehow.co blog. He is a 5+ year experience in Android and Java. TellmeHow blog is a technology blog where you can get more HowTo article on Android, Programming, Lifestyle, Health, Some fun stuff and Development related articles.

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