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.

Android 8.0 is Android Oreo -

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.

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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 :

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Autofill framework, which will auto-fill login for apps where users have already granted permission.
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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.

Update: Android 8.0 system images are up for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player