Android | 8.0 Oreo

8.0 Oreo is the 8th major update and the fifteenth version of the Android operating system. It was first released as an alpha quality developer preview in March 2017 and released to the public on August 21, 2017. Till date, it is the latest OS but another version called Android P is rolling out soon!

More Smarter, faster, and extremely powerful The world’s favorite cookie is the new favorite android release.

Features –

  • Instantaneous moves, behind the scenes – Your favorite tasks done more quickly with twice the boot speed when starting up*, *boot time as measured on Google Pixel
  • Makes sure that the background activity is minimum by the least used applications.
  • Autofill: With user’s consent, Autofill remembers logins to get you to your apps at accelerated speed, preview given below:

  • Allows user to see two apps at once.
  • Notification Dots: It helps in quickly seeing what’s new, and easily clear them by swiping away, preview given below:

  • Express yourself in more ways than ever – More emojis!
  • Better battery – Battery lasts longer! It introduced restrictions on behind the scene applications. Don’t worry! Your mails won’t stop syncing, but it will keep down certain apps from running down your battery and hogging all your memory.
  • It upgraded unmanned scanning of the Play Store and gives the feature, as well as Find My Device (formerly Android Device Manager) higher eminence in the Settings app.
  • Picture in Picture – What is it all about?
    Suppose you’re watching a YouTube video and suddenly remember something you want to do. Normally, you’d have to exit out of the video and open your notes to set up the reminder.
    But, in this Android version, by just pressing the home button the video shrinks into a movable window. The clip keeps on playing while the user can open up anything else on his/her phone. Once done simply re-open the YouTube video, or swipe the thumbnail away.
  • Better copy and paste – Selecting a phone number or a phrase doesn’t always work perfectly, and you waste some seconds of your life fidgeting with the selection bars in the right place. With this, you just long press or double tap anywhere on the phrase to select the text or number. It all links into Google’s database and your contact list.

History – 8.0:
Android Oreo was code-named internally as “Oatmeal Cookie”. On 21st March 2017, Google released the first developer preview of Android “O”, available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and both Pixel smartphones The second was released 17th May 2017. The finalized version of the API was released on 8th June 2017.

It contains a number of interesting features like it support Bluetooth 5, picture-in-picture (as described above), notification grouping, major performance up gradation and of-course battery optimization.

Android Oreo also inaugurated a major platform –
Android Go – It is a version of Android designed especially for the entry-level smartphones.

The statistics –
As of 16 April 2018, 4.65% of Android devices run Oreo, with 4.15% on 8.0 and 0.5% on 8.1. It’s predecessor Nougat on nearly 31 percent.

References:
https://www.android.com/versions/oreo-8-0/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Oreo



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