Yesterdays Solar Eclipse brought something sweet, as Android Oreo (OS version 8.0) was released. Google partnered with another snack company and continued to name its OS line up after a dessert. A while ago, prior to Android O launch, we polled our Twitter followers to see what chances other O-named desserts have. Well, Oreo was obvious winner! The only real contender was for Oatmeal, but there’s not as much commercial intrigue in that name.
When to expect the update?
Now, the most important things to be curious about are when your Android devices will get treated with Oreo sweets. Good news is that Google handsets will have Android 8.0 update rolling out first. For the rest non-Google devices, the update will depend on manufacturer and network so be ready to wait between 2 and 12 months.
System images for the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C are available for download on the Android Developer site and useful guides to manually flash a device.
What’s new: Android Oreo major powers
- Faster: As measured on Google Pixel, the boot speed is 2x faster when powering up, so getting started process will be quicker.
- Behind the scenes: Less used apps background activity will be minimised.
- Autofill: Granting your permission, logins will be remembered.
- Picture-in-Picture: two apps can be seen at once.
- Notification dots: Just tapping the dots on app icon you can quickly see the notifications and swipe them away without accessing the app.
- Instant apps: New apps can be accessed directly from a browser you use without requiring installations.
- Google Play Protect: App scanning is processed daily to keep device and data protected.
- Battery life improved: Streaming, talking, playing or working won’t drain your battery as quick as before.
- Emoji, emoji, emoji: Complete redesign and over 60 new emoticons including T-Rex.
- Deeper colours and ambient screen: Incoming notifications have larger fonts, app name highlighted and access to actions.
- Accessibility services for users with disabilities such as Select to Speak and audio optimisation.
- Adaptive icons and TextView auto-sizing to optimise text size across different screens and content dynamics.
The latest Android version’s name is settled and we know we’ll have tidier notifications, better battery life with automatic background activity limits, picture-in-picture feature, over 60 new emoji, and more. Now we can hold our breaths on for the roll out and we think there are under-the-hood improvements worth waiting a couple of months, maybe a bit more. Tell us in the comments below what’s the new features you’re most excited about and your guess about Huawei Android Oreo update.