Google’s latest big release – the Android 8.0 mobile OS was finally unveiled today at an event in New York. As indicated by past reports, the latest version of Google’s Linux-based mobile operating system is called Android Oreo.
Android 8.0 or Android Oreo brings forth a wide array of new features and improvements. These include support for Android Instant apps, improved battery management, more streamlined Notification channels, as well as support for enhanced Picture-in-picture mode. Not to forget, Android 8.0 also brings faster boot speeds which should make supported Pixel devices load twice as fast compared to Android Nougat.
Elsewhere, Android 8.0 or Android Oreo also brings notifications badges for app icons, which essentially allows users to quickly skim through what’s new. While with Android Instant Apps, you can jump right into new apps directly from your browser without having to install that app.
Android Oreo also comes with a Wi-Fi Assistant feature to help users quickly connect their devices to open Wi-Fi hotspots, which will be secured with a Google-backed VPN. Others features included are support for adaptive icons, ambient screen support, downloadable fonts, full color management support, along with an along with an accessibility volume and button. Apart from these changes, Android 8.0 brings a total of no less than 60 new emoji.
In fact, Google has also released a trailer which gives us a glimpse of Android Oreo’s new features and improvements, so do check it out below:
According to Google, all supported Nexus and Pixel devices will get the Android Oreo update soon. These include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Google Pixel, along with Google Pixel XL. Google also mentioned that is has been working closely with other smartphone manufacturers to bring Android 8.0 on their devices as well by the end of 2017. These include devices from Huawei, HTC, HMD Global, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp as well as Sony.
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