After months of speculation and guesses, Google has finally given a name for the next version of its Android operating system. It’s now called Oreo with the software designation as Android 8.0. While Google always used normal names of treats, this is the second time that they have used a name brand for the Android platform. The first was version Android 4.4, where Google and Nestle came to an agreement to use the name KitKat trademark.
Google Android 8.0 Oreo is set to provide new features such as improved battery life. This is possible because Oreo now has the background limiting mode, making sure that applications running in the background do not consume too much of power. Oreo also allows users to choose different icon shapes along with an adaptive launcher, and the icons showcase sweet looking animations. Oreo will also provide a new way of seeing notifications by simply pressing the notification dots and easily clear then by simply swiping them off.
Another great feature is the inclusion of auto-fill function that helps users to fill up boxes, just as you would do in a personal computer and keyboard. The new OS will allow users to choose any auto-filling app as the default application for that role. Android 8.0 Oreo also comes with the new Picture-to-Picture mode that lets users use other applications, while watching a video on YouTube or making a video call in Skype. The video will be switched to a small box and users will be able to use the rest of the window for using other apps.
Oreo also comes with the Smart Text Selection, which suggests users to choose an application while trying to copy paste a text. If the user is attempting to copy a telephone number, Oreo will suggest using the Contacts app, and if it’s an address, Google Maps will be recommended. Other new features include high-quality audio codecs for Bluetooth, such as LDAC and the AAudio tech for great audio quality and low-latency. The new update will also come packed with Google Play Protect, that’s designed to protect users from installing malicious applications. The program will scan over 50 billion apps to ensure that unwanted and risky apps are not downloadable from the Google PlayStore.
IFA 2017 will be the event where smartphone companies will soon be releasing their latest devices of the year, and it's highly possible that most of the devices will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update. We are not sure yet if the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8 and LG V30 will come with the new update out of the box. HMD Global recently also stated that they will be rolling out the Android Oreo updates for its existing smartphones and that mostly includes the recently announced Nokia 8 flagship, which currently runs on Nougat OS.