Android-Oreo
Android-Oreo

In August 2016, Google launched their 7th Operating System i.e. Nougat. After a year, they are welcoming the newest Google’s Android Operating System Android 8.0 – “Oreo”. After testing various names like Oatmeal, Octopus, finally, they decided to stick with ‘Oreo’. This latest Operating System is much better than their predecessor, in terms of features and system performance.

Here Is An Insight To The New Operating System:

Android 8 - Oreo
Android 8 – Oreo (Image Source/Credit: Android Official Website)

Ambient Display

In Nougat, we got to see detailed notifications. In Android O, the display will be much cleaner and notifications will show in smaller icons.

The Ambient Display in the new Operating System has been significantly redesigned and is no longer a carbon-copy of the lockscreen when displaying notifications. Instead of full notifications, users will now only see a row of app icons underneath the clock. A smaller change sees the proximity sensor shutting off the Ambient mode when hovered over. Also, it will use less battery power.

Performance

If we talk about the performance, this version is an improved one. The system is much faster to boot up. Also, there is a new feature called ‘Per App Disk Space Quota’, with the help of which the app users will be able to automatically delete cached files.

Each app will be now given a ‘Disk Space Quota’ for cached data. It means that when the system needs to free up disk space, it will start by deleting cached files from apps that are the most over their allocated quota.

Battery

Battery is always an issue in Android’s Operating System, but, Google has increased the automatic limits on apps that can work in the background. When you use an app, the app will run in foreground and when you stop using it, the background execution limits will stop the app.

Picture-In-Picture Mode

Google Android O - Picture-In-Picture Mode
Google Android O – Picture-In-Picture Mode (Image Source/Credit: Android Official Site)

This is one of the coolest features in Android Oreo. It is the most functional change we will see in this Operating System. This feature would allow users to continue watch videos while working on other apps at same time. This feature was earlier available in Android TV, but now, it comes in phones and tablets too.

Adaptive Icons

Android O - Adaptive Icons
Android O – Adaptive Icons (Image Source/Credit: Android Developer Site)

This feature is mainly helpful for developers. With this new feature in Android 8.0, developers can create a single, unified app icon, and the system will do the rest. When an app offers an Adaptive Icon, Android Oreo will automatically crop and align it according to the system settings. From a user standpoint, this means that once apps get updated with Adaptive Icons, all of your home screen icons will be of matching shapes.

Notification Dots

Android O Launcher - Notification Dots
Android O Launcher – Notification Dots

This feature will allow visual indicators on app icons to show if you have any awaiting notifications. Notification Dots appear as colored overlays or badges over an app icon when that app has a pending notification. These dots are colored-coded to the app icon. But, do note that Notification Dots appear on icons on both – the Home and Apps screens.

Earlier this feature was only available in iPhone’s Operating System – iOS.

Notification Snoozing

Android O - Notification Snoozing
Android O – Notification Snoozing (Image Source/Credit: Android Central)

Google is also coming up with Snooze Notification. It means that you’ll be able to snooze notifications for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or one whole hour.

Well, now users get the choice to ‘snooze’ a notification – it hides away from view, but will pop up again at a later time to remind us that we have unfinished business.

Autofill APIs (Application Program Integration)

In previous Operating Systems like in Nougat, or in Marshmallow, users used to depend upon password managers to auto-fill login details and information. This feature will allow password manager to work with the Operating System. So users can access them easily by adding platform support for auto-fill. In short, auto-fill remembers your login details to get into the favorite apps in a momentum.

Enhanced High-Performance Audio Quality

Google is all set to introduce Android’s audio system for the first time. It will improve the low-latency audio and provide high performance. Sony contributed its LDAC codec to Google for their latest Android Operating System.

There are two major changes here:

  1. Support of Additional Bluetooth
  2. Audio Focus

Refined Camera App

For camera or selfie lovers, Google is offering a new double-tap feature that quickly gets to 50% zoom. There is also one more button which helps you to switch between photo and video modes.

So, above are the reasons why Android 8 is better than Android 7. But, the only worst part is this Operating System is currently available in Pixel and Nexus.

So are you looking forward to using this smarter, faster and more powerful Operating System or if you are using, then how was your experience? Do let us know in the comments section.

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