Google announces Android O, update 8.0 rolling out to Pixel phones : Android O / 8.0 is Android Oreo – Google Android 8.0 Oreo, the next version of the Android OS has been officially announced for the world.
Google announced the Android Oreo name, which had been leaked earlier, at an event in New York and this coincides with US total Solar Eclipse event. Android 8.0 brings a host of improvements and new features to Android including Picture-in-Picture mode, better battery optimization and more.
Google announces Android O, update 8.0 rolling out to Pixel phones
Android Oreo, previously codenamed Android O/8.0, was announced in March. The software has been in preview for a few months so developers could update their apps.
Android Oreo will be first available to Google devices, including the Pixel and Nexus lines. The launch date is yet to be announced.
Introducing Android 8.0 Oreo™
The new operating system name continues Google’s tradition of naming its Android updates after desserts. Previous names include Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop.
This isn’t the first time Google has partnered with a brand. It teamed up with Kit Kat in 2013 to launch a new version of the same name. Google unveiled the name Android Oreo to the public during the total solar eclipse on Monday 21st, August.
Android Oreo New Features :
- The new OS will include updates to what Google calls “vitals“, including battery and security improvements. For example, Google Play Protect (New App) is an anti-malware feature that alerts you when you have a malicious app on your phone.
- App badging is also coming to Android Oreo so you can see every app’s pending notifications. The notification panel itself has received a slight redesign. New emoji’s will also be available with an updated look. It’s tiny icons more in line with Apple’s.
- Picture-in-picture will let users do two tasks simultaneously on any screen size and apps like YouTube, Google Duo already supports this. Essentially a user can continue watching a YouTube video and have their Facebook open at the same time.
- Autofill framework, which will auto-fill login for apps where users have already granted permission.
There’s no official date for when other Android powered devices will receive the updates. According to Google’s numbers, most Android devices (about 85%) aren’t even on Android Nougat, which released in last year.
Android is the world’s most widely used mobile operating system.
But, Android is notoriously slow at rolling out device updates because of the number of manufacturers, phone carriers and other third-party companies involved in seeing through a new release. But Google said Android Oreo and future versions will get new updates faster.
Android Oreo New Updates :
- 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.
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.
Update: Android 8.0 system images are up for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player