Introducing Android 8.0 – Oreo
Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS) Android 8.0, now officially known as Oreo. Google handsets will be the first non-beta phones to get the update, with the Google Pixel and Nexus at the top of the list.
Firstly, Oreo is 2x faster than its predecessor, Nougat, which will allow users to get started on their favourite tasks and apps more quickly with the 2x boot speed. It also helps to minimise all background activity in the apps you use least, which will allow you save battery. So, whether you’re talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.
It has also launched a feature to help people manage the volume of notifications on their devices. Users will now be able to split notifications into categories so that they can block certain types of alerts, while still receiving others (previously, Android users could only allow all or block all notifications from each app).
One of the most predominant features of Oreo is the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. This allows for a multi-window type mode, which will be used mostly for video playback and will enable you to effectively ‘multitask’. This PiP mode was previously available for Android TV, but Android Oreo has now made it available for mobile. It’s also introduced an auto fill framework designed to make logging in and filling out forms much faster.
The software was released at 19:50 BST, in line with a solar eclipse visible on the east coast of the US. It’s now up to phone manufacturers to decide whether to make the new software available on their existing devices.