After months of waiting and as planned, Google finally unveiled the new Mobile operating system Android O (version 8.0) on 21st August, a historical day on which Solar eclipse hit the country of United States after a century (earlier was in 1918) at 2:40 pm. The solar eclipse will be wrapping off the previous operating systems Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat and Marshmallow which already ruled about 1/3rd of Android devices. Earlier Google confirmed that the O in Android O will be called Oreo. There had been a lot of rumours on what will Google call the latest OS software. Some rumours suggested that it might be Android Orange, Octopus or Oatmeal Cookie. Evan Blass, a popular tipster who is often accurate in making assumptions tweeted saying Android O will stand for Android Oreo.
Some Key Features Of Android O you need to know about :
Most visual features in Oreo are mostly due to the redesigned Settings menu. It mainly focuses on background changes like notification channels to provide even greater control over Android system. Some other great features which distinguish it from other versions :
- Notification dot: It is considered to be the most revealing feature in the new Android software Android O.
- A new picture in picture mode: Google has added a Picture-in-Picture mode to Oreo. With a YouTube video playing, just tap the Home button and the video will pop into a small window that can remain on screen as you navigate other apps on your device. You can slide the video around for best placement, then simply slide it off the screen to terminate. This feature is now available in the Android O Beta.
- Support for third party calling apps is provided by Android O.
- Improvements in notification channel.
- A new feature by Google’s Oreo – Copy Less i.e., when you highlight text in any document, Android will automatically detect if it is an address or a proper noun. If it is an address, the software will highlight the entire address, so that you don’t have o do. And instead of merely suggesting actions such as “copy” or “select all”, it may suggest a map.
- Better battery management algorithm.
- Audio enhancement like the Bluetooth audio support.
- App optimization and Auto-filling of forms are some salient features in Android O.
Chart showing user-density of other Android versions
How To Update Your Mobile to Android O :
It is noteworthy that not all mobile phones will be updated to Android O. To update the phone to Android O:
- Head to the Settings and move down to “About Phone” option.
- Now got to the “Android Version” and then “Android Security Patch Level” and click on “Get Latest Android Version”.
- On clicking your phone will be automatically updated to new software.
Android O vs Android Nougat: what makes Android O better:
The biggest improvements in Android O is the notifications, the way in which the OS handles background task is pretty good than Nougat. It supports Bluetooth 5. Downloadable fonts and adaptive fonts make Oreo more amazing.
Other improvements are Picture-in-Picture Mode, a multi window mode mostly used for video playback. This feature generally comes in Android TV but Android O makes it available on mobile. Android O supports Wifi Aware, also known as Neighbors Awareness Network (NAN), which allows devices to connect directly to each other. Android Oreo automatically recognizes users sharing preference i.e. when the user takes a photo, it suggests some social media app to share a photo. Then comes Autofill-Framework, which makes the filling of forms a hell of a lot easier.
There is a default maximum screen aspect ratio of 1.86:1 for apps in Android 7.1. However, the apps targeting Android Oreo do not have any screen aspect ratio.
Visual Comparison between Android O and Nougat
The update will be available by the end of the year on other devices from handset makers including Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Essential, General Mobile, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, and Motorola. For Google devices like the Pixel phone, Nexus 5X and 6P, the update will start rolling soon.