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On August 21, Google officially announced the release of the next major version of Android, Android 8.0 Oreo. It is available in beta version and compatible with the Pixel XL and Google Pixel, as well as the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. "The official OTA to Android O for Pixel will likely drop in the first week or two of August. A bit earlier than Nexuses / Nougat last year," said David Ruddock, from Android Police. He added that the info comes from a "reliable source".
Updates for other tablets and smartphones will depend on handset manufacturers such as OnePlus, Huawei and Samsung, with a few undertakings to update certain devices to Oreo.
Sameer Samat, VP of product management for Android and Google Play, described the Oreo as “smarter, faster and more powerful than ever”. “It comes with new features like picture-in-picture and Autofill to help you navigate tasks seamlessly. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at light speed. When you’re on your next adventure, Android Oreo is the superhero to have by your side (or in your pocket!),” he said in a blog post.
Android Oreo is more secure with tighter app install controls, Google Play Protect built in, and security status front and center in settings. It also supports Android Instant Apps which allows users to run apps instantly without downloading it.
Let’s have a look at the things which got better with the new Android Orea 8.0:-
Google has promised better battery life with Android 8.0. This new OS will treat background processes in a different way, which means, some applications will work differently. Before Android Oreo, developers created applications that listen to a broad range of system broadcasts. Earlier, if a broadcast of change in connectivity occurred, dozens of apps used to wake up, creating a negative impact on the system performance. Now, developers will use more specific receivers and job schedulers to ensure specific apps should wake up in the background.
The new feature Picture-in-Picture creates a small window for YouTube video and it will exist on the top of the main display. The feature was originally developed in Nougat but then it was only available on Android TV devices. Now it will be available on Phone and Tablet too.
The feature will now allow people to check e-mails while the video will be playing in the background.
Google Play Protect
To keep users safe from malicious applications, Android Oreo has introduced a new feature called Google Play Protect. It will stop the spread of potential malware through mobile devices. Every day Google Play Protect scans 50 billion apps and removes harmful apps automatically.
Google Play Protect also has a unique feature called Find My Device. This helps in remotely locating or wiping the device in case the user loses it. In this way, the user can avoid his/her personal information falling into wrong hands.
Smart Text Selection
Google has now integrated machine learning with Android 8.0 to recognize entities like addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses and making it easy for users to copy and paste.
Remembering long passwords is a very difficult task. In this update, apps can register as auto-fill providers with the system. Users can select the auto-fill provider in their preferred languages with required input settings Android will ask for login details from the app whenever it is required. The system also verifies the fingerprint or other secure unlock methods before loading any data.