Following the solar eclipse, Google, the Android development company announced their very own biscuit eclipse, Android 8.0 Oreo. The name Oreo is licensed by Nabisco, though this is not first time Android partnered with a company for an Android name. Previously they partnered with KitKat, and with that Android branded KitKat bars all over the world. Now, they’re going to take over Oreo, Android’s going to brand Oreo biscuits next (oooh, i’m looking forward to that).
So what’s up with Android 8.0? Let’s have quick run through.
The first thing Oreo rolls out is a number of background changes like putting background limits to improve battery life (battery, you’d better grateful), improvements on Bluetooth audio, additional security Google Play Protect and few other major changes to vital system for Oreo-built apps generation. Oreo also will speed up boot time (twice on Pixel), an improved Autofill, and support Android Instant Apps.
Oreo cream in new addition for user apps like adaptive notification dots, more and wider support for picture-in-picture mode, more than 60 new emojis, new look for notifications and quick setting menus, redesigned setting menu, adaptive icons, notification channels, and lastly, Octopus Easter Egg, the creepy lonely octopus (app or game?).
This new and final version of Android 8.0 doesn’t exhibit any more new features than what they had previously preview, Android O. It just more stable than what was presented to us.
Now, to pop the question, when will our phone/device received the Android 8.0 update? Well, Google mentioned that Android 8.0 will roll out first to current Pixel and Nexus devices sometime “soon”. If you’re lucky to be in Android Beta Program (i’m not so lucky) your device will be automatically updated to the stable Oreo version.
Google also informed that they’ve been working together with partners and by the end of this year, top tiers hardware makers including Sony, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Essentials, LG, Motorola and few others are all scheduled to upgrade to Android Oreo 8.0 or launch their devices.