Twist Lick Dunk! Google sort of stole the Solar Eclipse 2017’s thunder last night, when it finally announced Android Oreo. First showcased at Google I/O 2017, Android 8.0 was launched via a live stream, which was streaming alongside the live stream of The Great American Eclipse by NASA. And cunning Google chose the same theme for the Android 8.0. An Oreo cookie eclipsing the sun lands on earth, and all the droids are in awe to see it, when one of them touches the cookie, it turns into a superhero of a droid, with the cookie at its heart.
Google has traditionally used sweet treats for the names of its major Android releases. This time the company says that Android Oreo smarter, faster, more powerful and sweeter than ever. So, here’s taking a look at some of Andriod 8.0’s sweetest features.
Two times faster
If you believe Google, the Oreo-droid running smartphones will offer two times the boot speed when powering up. Though that feature comes with a little asterisk on top, which Google clarifies is a boot time measured on a Google Pixel smartphone. But hey, if Google Pixel 2, or Pixel XL 2 are in your plans, you’d be one of the first ones to get the update too.
The behind the scenes will be taken care of by the new Android. Google says Oreo will help minimize background activity in the apps you use least. It says “it’s the super power you can’t even see”.
Now iOS had this, so did Google Chrome, but Android had been waiting for this experience for a while. Android Oreo now comes with the autofill feature. Which means, with your permission, the new Android iteration will remember your logins, so that you can get into your favorite apps with so much less effort. Because less effort is good.
This one was possibly the most awaited feature of Android O. The feature allows its users to perform two tasks simultaneously. This may include texting someone while watching videos on YouTube or any other similar tasks. Currently, such tasks can only be performed in a multi-window view.
Just like 3D touch on iOS, Android Oreo now has a shortcut to view the notification. Just press the notification dots to quickly see what’s new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
Android Instant Apps
Google started its Instant Apps effort sometime ago, but with Android Orea, it has finally been integrated to the Android devices compatible with the new OS. Essentially, with the Android Instant app you can teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.
Connectivity will also be better with the new OS. Other than using an LDAC codec for high-quality Bluetooth audio, Android Oreo comes with Wi-Fi Aware, a feature that will allow nearby devices to communicate through Wi-Fi without an internet access.
Google Play Protect
At Google I/O 2017, the company put a lot of stress on its new Play Protect program. It is essentially Google’s initiative to keeping its users safe from malware and fake apps. Google recently rolled out its Play Protect security features to all devices running Google Mobile Services 11 and up, and on the Google Play Store. Android Oreo now also comes protected with the program.
Longer battery life
A better battery life with Android 8.0 was probably the most attractive promise Google made about the new iteration of the operating system. “Whether you’re talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.”
Users can now organize notifications into custom channels, and modify the alerts for the entire channel. This can be specifying the sounds if the notification triggers a vibration, and if the notification is allowed to override the do not disturb setting. Developers can specify the importance of notifications, with a weightage from 0-4. There are also badges on the applications, known as notification dots that indicate which applications have unread notifications.
Google has built an easier way of navigation in Android O using an ‘arrow’ and ‘tab’ model. As per Google, this will help improve the reliability and predictability of the navigation process in Android OS.
And finally, what makes a conversation sweeter than just sweet words? Emojis! Android 8.0 comes with a fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji.