The First Android Version called as Android Alpha was released in September 2008 and Google released the Android Oreo developer preview version back on 24th March 2017. Yesterday night came the big announcement that the Android 8.0 is finally called as “Android Oreo” as was the general consensus.
The Android Oreo system images are already available on the Google developer website and if you have a Google Phone you can manually flash the image before an official update is rolled out (I have shared the link below to download.
Android OS has gone through several changes since its launch 9 years back and if you wish to read more about all previous Android versions here is an article for you All Previous Android Versions starting from Android Alpha and Android Beta here.
The new Android Oreo can be tested on devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6p, Google Pixel , Pixel XL, Nexus player and Pixel C.
You can manually download and flash the build from this link and if you wish to uninstall the preview build you can download the official Nougat Rom and manually flash the device again. Do it at your own risk J. Link to Download Android O.
Lets Now get to the 7 Best Features of Android O, which makes it so special.
7 Best Features of Android Oreo – Making it Special
1). Battery Life
Google has added more restriction to what the Apps can do in the background and limiting the processes on broadcasts, background services and location updates.
More background limit will ensure that the already present Doze mode and Android Nougat optimizations will further be able to enhance the battery life of the device in the Android Oreo.
2). Notification Control
There is also great amount of control on the notifications send by Apps. With the Android Oreo Google wants to make your experience more disturbance free.
Google has introduced Notification channels which give users to manage the behavior of each channel rather than managing all of Apps notifications together.
Essentially means it will be easy for us to manage the notifications with the Android Oreo.
3). Better Sound On Bluetooth
This is the biggest one for the Audiophiles. As more and more people are planning to give up the wired life.
Apple has already done so with the Airpods. Android Oreo is getting a superior sound transfer technology support using the Sony’s LDAC sound technology which allows hi resolution sound to be transmitted over a Bluetooth connection.
I have never been a fan of Bluetooth speakers because of sound degradation when compared to similar wired speakers.
Probably this could force me to buy one of these new LDAC based Bluetooth speakers.
Sony says that compared to a normal SBS based process which uses 328 KBPS transmission rates the new LDAC technology uses 3X more data and transfers much high quality sound with no fidelity loss.
Love it. May be we can buy an airpod equivalent for the Android phones when this arrives.
4). Picture in Picture Mode
There will be a picture in picture mode for improving the multitasking. You can be video chatting with a loved one and and at the same time can also open the calander App to see some dates.
You can make the video tab smaller and can work on other apps simultaneously without a need for stopping the video chat or movie which you are currently playing.
Could be quiet handy to revert to a message or check Whats App or order a uber cab while video chatting or watching your favorite episode of Game of thrones.
5). Adaptive Icons & Inverted Pull Bar Settings
Making your Android UI more beautiful. Android comes with option for many themes and icon packs and sometimes when you install an App which has a different shaped icon compared to the theme you are using on your Android Phone, that makes it look odd.
Android Oreo is going to fix that and give the option to developer to make the icons adaptive.
So next time when you download an App the Icon exactly matches your round , Square or what ever shape icons you are using. On iOS all icons have same shape and symmetry.
6). Easy Autofill Support
Making Life Easy – Filling registration forms and account details can be a boring and tedious tasks.
Android O will make it simple by allowing Autofill API for the password manager and Auto fill Apps to use the information seamlessly and make it ridiculously easy to fill the details.
7). WIFI Aware and Multi Display Support
WIFI aware is not a new concept earlier was called as Neighbor Aware Networking (NAN) which help nearby devices communicate over the WIFI network without the need for internet connection.
Could be a feature that next generation of IOT devices can use along with the Android phones.
So these are some of the great features which are going to come to the Android Oreo but it is not going to happen any sooner.
The Android O will get released to public in October along with the Pixel 2 smartphones and most likely you will be able to get it in 2018 around Feb or march 2018 if you are not on a Nexus or Pixel device.
8). Navigation Bar Additional Buttons – Bonus
In Android Oreo, Navigation bar can be customized. This feature is one of the coolest features in Android O. Navigation bar is the panel at the bottom of the display and has virtual buttons like Home, Back and Recent apps.
In Android Oreo, you can add additional virtual buttons (maximum up to five) for new functions either left or right of three main buttons. No, you can’t replace the standard three virtual buttons.
9. 2X Faster Boot-Up With Android Oreo
Google has shared that the Boot up time will be drastically reduced with the new Android Oreo and as per Google they were able to boot the Android Pixel phones 2X faster compared to the older versions.
The speed improvement will be device dependent and you can expect some boost in performance for your phone.
Additionally, Google also plan to tackle the biggest headache that it has with the new “Project Treble” in Android Oreo. The Biggest headache for Google is that most phones still run on the older Android versions, only 13.5 of smartphones so far has Android Nougat which they released a year back.
To solve this problem Google is working on “Project Treble” which is a modular architecture that will help Android smartphone manufacturers to deliver Android updates much faster.
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