Android Oreo: Is it Google’s Sweetest Treat Yet?

22nd August 2017 | Reading Time: 2 minute read

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Google have announced their latest version of their Android mobile operating system, named after the chocolate biscuit Oreo. The version formally called Android 8.0 Oreo brings with it some functionality, battery life and performance improvements we come to expect from operating system updates.

Along with a list of other features outlined below, Android Oreo (according to Google) is “faster, smarter and more powerful than ever”.

Although it’s not the most ground breaking announcements to come from Google, there are still some unique features and performance improvements to keep us interested.

So whats new…

Picture-in-picture

lets you see two apps at once

Notifications dots

displays a snippet of the notification without opening the app

Instant apps

will let you go directly from your browser into new apps

Extraordinary emojis

is not your average emoji

Twice as fast

when powering up

Background limits

to reduce activity from apps that are used the least, improving battery life and performance

Android 8.0 Oreo Android Oreo. Photograph: Google

 

Android Oreo will also include a universal auto fill system which will assist users to input data within an app and remember log in details.

Finally, security has been beefed up through Google Play Protect, 50 billion apps are scanned to identify any ‘misbehaving’ ones, even those that haven’t been installed.

Android have confirmed that Oreo will be rolling out to Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P in phases soon. They’re also working with hardware makers Samsung, HTC, Sony, Nokia Phones, Sharp, Motorola, LG, Essential, General Mobile, Kyocera and Huawei to upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of the year.

We won’t know until we have a hands-on test of the new features. On paper we don’t think this version is their sweetest yet.

 

Android emoji

Android Oreo. Photograph: Google

 

Fun Fact: This is the second time Google have partnered with a food manufacturer when naming their operating system. The first being the partnership with Nestle’ to name Android 4.4 as Kit Kat.