After a long wait, Google has finally introduced the next 8.0 version of Android platform, which will be called Android Oreo. The name was just announced earlier today during the live stream.
The name ‘Oreo’ has been licensed from Nabisco. However, if you recall, you will realize that this isn’t the first time Google partnered with a company to name for an Android version. KitKat was called for Android 4.4, and then the Android-branded KitKat bars appeared in stores around the world. For those missed with the new changes Google introduced with Android Oreo, here’s the quick rundown of this new version
First, the Android 8.0 Oreo comes with a number of changes such as background limits to improve battery life, Google Play Protect to help on the security front, Bluetooth audio improvements, and many other important changes in the system. Furthermore, this version will also come with faster boot speeds, a better Autofill implementation, along with a support for Android Instant Apps.
The version also brings some user-facing additions, including adaptive notification dots, wider picture-in-picture mode, more than 60 new emoji, a new interface for quick settings menu, a redesigned settings menu, notification channels, and, of course, it cannot miss the Octopus Easter egg. This final version of Android 8 will include more changes than the Android O developer previews. It’s even a much more stable version of what we’ve seen before.
The currently supported Pixel and Nexus devices , including the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player will have chance to taste the official Android 8.0 Oreo soon. If your device has already been enrolled in the Android Beta Program, it will automatically be updated to the official build of Android Oreo.
Google also says that the company is also working hard with other OEMs including Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, General Mobile, HMD Global, Kyocera, are Sharp to schedule to launch or upgrade devices to Android Oreo for the supported smartphones by the end of 2017.