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5 Things You Need to Know about Android P

5 Things You Need to Know about Android P

Android P is the next version of Android and Google is set to release a preview for developers this month. The Android P preview will be associated with the changes which will affect the developers and not intended for consumer use. Since the focus is on the developers, it is recommended that you do not install the Android P on your main Smartphone. In 2018 Android P will be launched as Android 9.0, but the name will be announced only in summer.

The most important feature of Android P is the built-in support for simulating a notch into the display at the top of the screen. The developers have the opportunity to test how the full screen apps will function with notches with the tools Google will be releasing.

The Android 9.0 will have a new look for the Quick Settings panel and the Notification bar which will have rounded corners. The notifications from the messaging apps too will have a new look. Recent lines from your conversation will appear and you can reply inside the notification itself. In addition to this, the apps will be able to include “Smart replies”, probably provided by Google, images, stickers in the notification itself.

The Android 9.0 will have a new look with a colourful Settings menu. The settings icon for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc will be inside circles which will be coloured when in use and will turn gray when switched off.

New Features in Android P

Android P will prevent suspicious apps running in the background from accessing your microphone and camera and restrict access to all SensorManager sensors from apps that are not being used. Any of the background apps that are idle will not be able to access the microphone.

It will provide built-in support for more video and image codecs, including the HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF.

There will be the multi-camera API, whereby an Android app can get info from more than one camera sensor at once.

With the Android 9.0 , users will be able to block numbers that have no ID or are not in the contact list.

The Android 9.0 comes with a better Autofill feature which enables the password managers to enter your password for you so that you do not have to switch apps to copy and again switch apps and paste.

However, what we can expect from Android 9.0 is that Google will remove access to unofficial APIs which are not part of the official SDK which may not go down well with some developers.

When can we expect to get the Android P?

Android P will be released in August 2018, but will not be available to all Android devices. At the outset, The new Android update will be available to Google Pixel devices and at the IFA 2018 show in September; the new phones will come with Android P.

Nokia has confirmed Android P updates for all the 2017 phones and in late 2018 or early 2019, Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC will roll out Android P.

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Microsoft to Add New Windows 10 Home Edition to Its Line-Up

Microsoft to Add New Windows 10 Home Edition to Its Line-Up

 Microsoft is set to bolster the Windows 10 Home  Edition

With the commencement of New Year Microsoft is planning to come up with more new Windows 10 Home edition to expand it OS line-up. Since the launch of the Windows 10 there hasn’t much happened which is worth talking rather than incremental updates offered to the core OS to boost its functionality and usability.  Microsoft is looking forward to shake up the shake up the OS market by offering more variants of its ever popular Windows 10 Home edition.

It is being expected that Microsoft will be launching three different variants named Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Home Advanced and Windows 10 Home in S Mode.  All of the new Windows 10 Home edition will launch simultaneously on the April 1 as per the information retrieved from the internal Microsoft documents.

Different timelines for rollout

New Windows 10 Home edition will come with separate rollout dates but no further details has been offered by the Microsoft. Windows 10 Home Advanced will be rolling out in the month of May. There is no information whether this variant will be new OS version or simply an upgrade over the existing Windows 10 Home running on the high end PCs. It is still to be seen whether the Advanced comes with some new and nifty features which aren’t a part of the lower Windows 10 Home variants.

Microsoft tryst with Windows 10 S

The other new Windows 10 Home Edition namely Windows 10 Home in S Mode has already a brief appearance on February 2. It is worth pointing out that Microsoft has made no official update about the release of the upcoming new Windows 10 Home Edition variants. Secondly the Windows 10 in S Mode isn’t happen to be a completely new OS rather it has been present simply as a mode in the high end Windows 10 Pro variant for quite some time. Microsoft has aimed towards establishing the Windows 10 S as a proper standalone operating system but it has been unsuccessful so far in its approach.

Just a year ago Microsoft had unveiled its Windows 10 Enterprise happens to be the S mode variant. With running the Windows 10in S Mode the upcoming devices will remain limited to simply running the Universal Windows Platform apps. Apart from this Microsoft is also eagerly working with partner OEMs to come up a plan of allowing customer to unlock the devices as per their need. Currently customers can unlock their devices but it comes with a price and a certain number of limitations.

Why Microsoft is focusing on more variants?

When Microsoft decided to come up with a single Windows OS for the entire platform just a few years it has left everyone stunned. Now it is aggressively looking forward to add more tiers to its ever popular Windows 10 Home Edition has left everyone puzzled. Microsoft major business comes from selling its OS on the PCs and in order to boost its sales Microsoft is leveraging towards offering such OS which offers features and functionalities than ever before. Thr4efore having massive tier of Windows OS will help in justifying the high price quoted by the pricier new Windows 10 Home Edition.

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ATSC Tuner: What You Need to Know About the Future of Television Broadcost

ATSC Tuner: What You Need to Know About the Future of Television Broadcost

What is ATSC Tuner?

The Advanced Television Systems Committee is the name of the stations that use the digital television system. An ATSC tuner or HDTV tuner receives digital television signals broadcasted by these stations and allows viewers to watch programs on their television sets.

Function

An ATSC tuner receives signals from over-the-air television broadcasts. In order to convert the signals to fit the television screen, it uses one or more of the following functions: analog-to-digital conversion, audio / video synchronization, decompression, demodulation, error correction, reformatting or demultiplexing means transport flow.

Types

ATSC tuners can be built in different electronics. They can come directly inside a TV box, DVR, VCR or DTV. Televisions with ATSC tuners will need a TV antenna system, while DVRs, VCRs and DTVs all act as decoders to receive signals from the channels.

Considerations

The United States government requires that all televisions built after March 1, 2007 include an ATSC tuner, since all television operators must now broadcast only digital signals on all receiving televisions. Owners of television can still use decoders, but that will not have any additional impact on image quality.

An “ATSC tuner” is the technical name of a digital tuner. ATSC stands for Advanced Television System Committee, which is the committee responsible for creating the standards used to transmit and receive digital television signals in the United States. In order to watch broadcast television, you must have either a set-top box or a television equipped with an internal Advanced Television Systems tuner that decode digital TV signals. ATSC tuners must be programmed before they can be monitored.

Connecting an external Advanced Television Systems tuner to an analog TV

Connect the output of the ATSC tuner box to the corresponding input on the TV. ATSC tuners generally have two output options — RF and AV. Therefore, it is possible to use a coaxial cable or a set of AV cables to make this connection. When using AV cables, remember to insert each AV plug to the AV jack corresponding to its color.

  • Connect the coaxial cable from the TV antenna to the ATSC tuner “RF In” terminal, named with the letter “Antenna In”.
  • Connect the ATSC tuner to a power source.
  • Turn on the TV and the Advanced Television Systems tuner.
  • Tune the TV to channel 3 if you have used a coaxial cable. Set the video input channel of the TV to the AV source if you used an AV cable set.

External Program ATSC Tuner

  • Turn on the TV and the ATSC tuner.
  • Press the “Menu” button on the remote control of the ATSC tuner.
  • Select the automatic option “Search for channels”.
  • Connect the coaxial cable from the TV antenna to the RF “Antenna In” terminal on the back of the TV.
  • Turn on the TV.
  • Open the “Menu” screen of the TV.
  • Press the “Menu” button on the TV’s remote control.
  • Go to the Channel Configuration menu and select the automatic option “Search for channels”.
  • Monitor ATCS Tuner
  • Turn on the TV and the Advanced Television Systems Committee tuner (if applicable).
  • Touch the channel buttons on the TV to browse and watch the channels picked up by the TV’s internal ATSC tuner (if you are using a digital TV).
  • Touch the channel buttons on the Advanced Television Systems Committee tuner to browse and view the channels picked up by the external ATSC tuner (if you are using an analog TV).

Tips and warnings

Just connect an external ATSC tuner to a television if the TV is analog.

Check the specifications of the television, which can be found in your user manual if you are not sure if the TV is analog or digital.

 

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Tacotron 2: Generating Human Like Speech from Text

Tacotron 2: Generating Human Like Speech from Text

Tacotron 2: Google simplifies the process of teaching AI how to speak like human

Developing the perfect language translation tool has been a difficult challenge for the scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and others alike for quite some time. Google has made some lead with its translation services but when it comes to AI based speaking almost everyone comes out as robotic voice which can be easily differentiated from a human voice. Google has developed a new method which will aid developers in training neural network to produce realistic speed with Tacotron 2.

This Tacotron 2 will help in bringing realistic kind of speech to the translators through analysing the text and even without the need of any grammatical expertise in the said language. This method is making use of two different speech generation projects namely the original Tacoron and the WaveNet.

The earlier voice generators

During the early days WaveNet left everyone speechless by offering eerily convincing speech but with one audio sample at a time. This was a great achievement but it wasn’t effective when it came to language translation or text to speech translation objectives. In order to get into the world of voice generation WaveNet had to accumulate a great range of metadata relating to the every aspect of the language from the right pronunciation to the key linguistic features. But this problem was overcome with the launch of the first Tacotron which helped in getting high end linguistic feature absolutely but it wasn’t the best enough to be used directly in the speech products of the time.

How Tacotron 2 works?

The Tacotron 2 makes of both the pieces of text and narration in order to get to the right way that particular language is spoken by the natives. In short it specifically calculates all the linguistic rules which might apply to the given text in order to render a human like voice. In essence this method helps in converting the text into very peculiar Tacotron style mel-scale spectrogram which helps in identifying the rhythm and emphasis. It shouldn’t come as surprise that the words are formed using this WaveNet style system for better realistic appeal. The resulting speech with Tacotron 2 is extremely convincing as a realistic human voice but it always happens to be quiet chipper than the usual.

Overcoming the challenges with Tacotron 2

This technique of Tacotron 2 still have a number of shortcoming to overcome before it renders human like voice for language translation in the future. Researchers have stated that this technique faces immense difficulty when it comes to pronouncing difficult words like decorum and merlot. In some cases it freaks out by generating some really eerie and strange noise. The second major shortcoming with this technique is that it isn’t able to translate and generate voice in real-time. Thirdly researchers can’t even control the tone of the generated voice or compel it sound happy or sad. But rigorous research is being undertaken by the team to overcome these challenges on the Tacotron 2 and bring the worlds first realistic voice generator to the masses.

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Google Introducing Android Oreo (Go Edition) with the Release of Android 8.1

Google Introducing Android Oreo (Go Edition) with the Release of Android 8.1

Google brings the new Android Oreo (Go Edition) to the Android devices

Google’s Android has been on the mission of bringing advanced and optimum computing to everyone. In its bid Google has been successful in establishing the Android Oreo to over 2 billion devices all across the globe. It has the highest amount of Android users in India rather than in the Unites States of America. The recent rise in the shipment and adoption of the low cost smartphone with entry level specification has prompted it come with the Android Oreo (Go Edition) OS. This edition of OS brings the best of Android with new and rei-magined apps which can run smoothly and crisply on the lower end affordable Android smartphones.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) : Google brings best of Android to billions

At this year’s developer conference Google had unveiled the Android Go project which was aimed at bringing the best of the android to the bullions of the smartphone users on the planet. Google is launching the Android Oreo (Go Edition) as an exclusive part of Android 8.21 release. This OS edition will be seen working like a charm on the devices with 512 MB RAM to 1GB RAM along with the whole set of Go optimizations. This Android Oreo (Go Edition)  focuses on three major attribute of the OS experience:

  1. The OS: It brings vast improvement on the performance and storage front along with data management features and high end security benefits.
  2. Core Google Apps: Google brings a whole new set of its core apps with lighter design and equipped with relevant features to satisfy the needs of billions.
  3. Google Play Store:  A tuned and optimized version of Google Play Store will allow users to download and install apps quickly.

Android Oreo (Go Edition), Focus on performance

Google main focus is performance and agility on the Android Oreo (Go Edition) which can run flawlessly on the entry level smartphones. For an entry level smartphone it is necessary to offer such an operating system which brings faster and reliable performance. With this new OS entry level phone owners will be able to see a definite 15 percent faster performance of their apps which wasn’t the case earlier. Apart from the speed this OS also offers a range of customization which can help in boosting the overall performance of the app and OS as a whole.

The major issue with the low cost smartphones is that it has a pathetic low storage space which is used by both the OS and the preinstalled apps. It is highly frustrating for the users to squeeze in more space to upload all of their music, photos and apps. Secondly the core Google apps are preinstalled on this OS and they tend to take 50 percent less space. Android Oreo (Go Edition) comes with Google’s data saver which helps an average user in saving more than 600MB data per year. It helps in saving more data through actively managing the background data usage by different through controlling how data is used specifically.

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Poly: Google’s New Clip Art

Poly: Google’s New Clip Art

Google is Building a New Kind of Clip Art Poly

From someone’s grand mom to their aunty we have all used emojis or know what they are. Before that there was clip art, which was everyone’s favorite tool to use. Google has now taken digital art to a whole new level. Google has created Poly, which is a platform for 3D art. Have you ever wondered about the objects that can be viewed from various angles in a game and how they came to be? They are all digitally created by putting in a lot of time and effort. Now with Poly all that is not necessary as Google now allows users to get the object they are looking for directly from their new version of clipart:Poly.

Poly

Uses of Poly:

Google initially thought of Poly for virtual reality and augmented reality worlds. But the site can provide for a host of other uses as well. Poly is the new form of Clip art. Poly is a library of 3 D objects where you can find everything from a 3D burger to a 3D cat. There is even a search bar which yields multiple results for items that are looked for.

Ease in using Poly:

Google’s Poly is a library of 3D art created by various artists commissioned by Google as well as what users can upload themselves. Some are open for common sharing while those for AR and VR apps are rights- protected. By downloading 3D objects in this way, app developers are able to bring down the risk and cost in making their apps, not to mention this move will essentially lessen the time it takes to make an app.

How 3D Objects are created in Poly:

Google Clip Art takes objects that are created on Google Blocks and Tilt Brush. If you want to incorporate a 3D object into a scene in VR, you can also use Google Blocks or Tilt Brush to do the same.

Future Direction of Poly:

In the future Google plans on allowing third party apps to have access to Ploy which basically means that AR or VR apps that are yet to be created can directly import 3D objects from Poly into their apps. At present since these are just the initial stages of the 3D platform, Google is taking things slow, the money aspects of the 3D objects library will come later.

The whole idea in creating Google Clip Art is to create a platform where VR and AR app developers can use to create their virtual worlds. Without objects to fill in those worlds whether it is a building or the area’s denizens, those worlds will not really exist.

Right now the worlds of AR and VR has not really taken off in the market but as with clip art, google is testing the field and who knows maybe in the future this step may seem to be a good strategic decision for Google.  Google Clip Art also creates new direction for other companies in creating their own platforms, not to mention the ease with which VR and AR app developers will have in making their own apps.

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Apple iOS 11.1 Release, It’s A Big One

Apple iOS 11.1 Release, It’s A Big One

iOS 11.1: These are the novelties of your first beta

While it is true that with the new update of its operating system, iOS 11, Apple promises to improve the user experience on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it is normal that during the download process there are some problems.

Recently Apple has officially released the iOS version 11.0.1 of the mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And now, the company has just released the first beta version of iOS 11.1.

After the company released this version, some users have reported on social networks delays in the update as well as errors in the operation of the system. It is common for long terms to be presented at the time of downloading in the first hours, taking into account that the update is launched worldwide, so that servers tend to become slow due to the amount of demand. While iOS 11.0.1 focused on bug fixes and stability improvements, iOS 11.1 will bring great news with small features and features for iPhone and iPad. As iOS 10.1 did with Portrait Mode.

In this article we will talk about the official launch of the first beta version for iOS 11.1 developers and we will tell you how you can download and install the software on your mobile device.

News from iOS 11.1

There are many features of iOS 11 that did not come with the release of this version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Therefore, it is likely that iOS 11.1 finally offers Apple Pay mobile payments in iMessage and iCloud support.

In addition, Apple is expected to add new emojis very soon.

According to the details of the iOS 11.1 update, this beta release will provide some improvements in ARKit, TrueDepth, storage and Location services. On the other hand, push notifications will be processed more frequently.

Likewise, some users have reported slowness when using the ‘apps’ and inconveniences with sound, with the redesigned App Store, as well as the operation of Siri. This type of errors also tend to occur at the beginning and Apple is expected to make the correction, very likely, with an update of iOS 11.0.1.

We will update all information as it becomes available.

How to download and install iOS 11.1

If you want to download the first beta version of iOS 11.1 you will have to go to the Apple Developer Center. If you are not a registered user, you will have to register through a few simple steps. Next, you can download iOS 11.1 from Settings> General> Software update.

Anyway, Apple is expected to publish the first public beta version of iOS 11.1 this week.

Compatible devices

iPhone

Iphone 5s

Iphone 6

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone SE

iPhone 7

iPhone 7 Plus

iPad

iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 3

iPad Mini 4

iPad (2017)

iPad Air

iPad Air 2

9.7 “iPad Pro

iPad Pro 12.9 “(1st generation)

iPad Pro 10.5 ”

iPad Pro 12.9 “(2nd generation)

iPod

iPod touch (6th generation)

iOS 11 has marked a before and after in the internal software system for iPhone and iPad. It has a high level of customization, all kinds of new features and multiple improvements in its native applications. What do you think about iOS 11?

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How Swap the Audio Tracks to Your Video?

How Swap the Audio Tracks to Your Video?

Multimedia Program – Entertainment

The present generation tends to have a keen interest in music and to add audio to video, background music has the tendency of providing a dramatic effect on any awareness of a video irrespective of it being a movie or a video presentation.  To make this presentation more appealing one could seek the services of Movavi which tends to provide easy reliable multimedia software for this purpose.

The provider has an extensive assortment of multimedia program to provide entertainment with the videos, music and photos on any platform or device. In order to enhance the creativity, processing and sharing the media content they have designed easy-to-use and effective software for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.You could utilise Movavi video editor wherein you could edit and enhance the videos with ease with the addition of stylist transitions, filters and titles.

Beside this you could also stabilize as well as reverse video, equalize the sound and much more. The software for Windows as well as Mac OS enables the user to augment soundtrack in MP3, WMA, OGG or FLAC format to MP4, MVI or other format video which can be saved as a new folder. Their main proficiency is seamless video conversion to all well-known multimedia layouts.

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Editing Video – Done on Timeline – Special Effect

Producing video has now become quite easy wherein editing video images, clips and audio can be done on a timeline with the addition of transitions, titles, filters and callouts. Besides this one could also utilise special effects such as Chroma Key together with Slo Mo and the video can be exported in any well-known format.

Besides the 20 standalone applications, they also tend to offer total multimedia suite, comprising of tools for the purpose of video conversion, PC screen capturing, video editing and playback, online sharing together with disc burning. The Movavi Video Editor is an all-inclusive video editing software which enables the user to develop professional-looking movies together with slideshows on the desktop even for one without any experience.

One can do anything with one’s video while incorporating audio to video, create text captions, apply graphic effect and transitions. Besides the video making app, the Movavi Video Editor also tends to include numerous useful tools to support each producer of video with powerful video apps that helps more than 180 media formats, with convenient utility for burning DVDs, special tool for digitizing analog video and much more.

  1. Select what one intends to produce – With its Movavi Video Editor one can:
  • Produce and edit a movie from video or from audio clips which has already been stored on a desktop, mobile device or a camera.
  • From the images and pictures one can also create slideshow
  • Capture video from a screen and also prepare a video tutorial.
  • Do the recording on a webcam in order to produce an amazing opening for one’s blog
  1. Enhance Your Video and Audio
  • Improve the quality of video – Alleviate unsteady video, nip colour settings sharpen blurry video etc.
  • Cut out unwanted fragments or link single clips in order to make a long movie
  • Connect the various sections of the video with trendy alterations
  1. Apply Captivating Video Effects – the Video Editor comprises of 80 various visual effects:
  • Retro Movie
  • Slow Motion
  • Flying Objects etc.
  1. Make the Music Play – let the words fly – Work with Audio
  • Background music and sound effects can be added in any format
  • Benefit from the built-in ready-made audio tracks and samples
  • Record voice-over using the microphone
  • Diverse audio volume and playback speed, align sound with fade-in/out effects
  • Overlap creative filters such as Robot, Echo, and Radio etc.

All the essential guidelines and information is made available at the site for interested viewers.

 

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Android Oreo Will Receive Rootless, System-Wide Theme Support

Android Oreo Will Receive Rootless, System-Wide Theme Support

Android Oreo set to receive rootless, system –wide theme support by this weekend

Whenever Google releases the new version of the Android OS then a number of users opt to root their device. Rooting devices isn’t an impossible task for those who know it but it always bring one common problem which relates to enabling the rootless system-wide theme support. This particular aspect was earlier managed using the easy-to-use CynogenMod Theme engine but its demise has brought this task in the hand of the Substratum theme framework.

In the past couple years the team behind Substratum has done an incredible job of bringing support for the widest range of devices. This support has been specifically done on the ROM level which will ensure that users will be able to run its frame without worrying about the root access. Just before the launch of the Android Oreo this team gave themselves of bringing a rootless system-wide theme which can be implemented on any Android device.

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Features of the rootless system-wide theme support by Substratum

In order to make use of the Substratum ADB shell users will be required to make use of its desktop application which happens to be quite light-weight and simple.

This application will help in granting elevated privileges to the Substratum which in turn allows user to manage the installed Substratum themes on their device. The best thing about Substratum is that all the themes will remain installed unless a user wishes to remove it by uninstalling.

While working with Substratum users should keep in mind that the privileges granted to it are transient in nature. In other words all the privileges to Substratum will be lost upon performing a full reboot. This means that users will have to again go through the whole process of running the desktop program, adding, removing or modifying the Substratum theme.

Users can certainly make use of the different themes present in the Substratum by going to the Setting followed by Display then going to the Developer Preview’s theme option.  This is the best way to switch between different rootless system-wide themes with ease and simplicity.

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Ramping up the availability of Substratum

The rootless system-wide theme offering Substratum will make its debut on the Android 8.0 devices which currently only includes the Google Pixel and Nexus variants namely Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL.

These devices will be making use of the Substratum within less than a week but it isn’t guaranteed by the developers as it is still under the development process. At the moment Substratum team is only working on developing the interface exclusively between the Substratum app and unrooted devices.

Development of Substratum app has been taken joyously by the Android enthusiasts but sadly this app will debut as a paid application for the unrooted Android Oreo devices. Pricing has been kept under the wraps by the Substratum team and it will be better to wait for the Google to come with a dark theme for the OS or else users will have to spend some dollars for the app.

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Open Wonder: Android Oreo Updates

Open Wonder: Android Oreo Updates

Android Oreo – Swing of Twists

Android Oreo, which had been dubbed Android O all through development is said to be the 8th main variety of the Android mobile operating system.  It had been released at first on March 21, 2017, as an alpha quality developer preview.

On May 17, 2017, the  2nd developer screening had been released and it was considered beta quality while the third developer preview had been released on June 8, 2017 and eventually the API..  The fourth developer preview had been released on July 24, 2017 that comprises of the concluding system behaviours together with the updated fixes and optimizations.

Google had launched the latest version of its incredibly well-known operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo earlier this week at an event in New York City.  The launch tends to follow months of beta releases together with tweaks from the US technology company.

Android Oreo comprises of a swing of twists with slight developments to the smartphone as well as the tablet operating system.

8th main software restatement is said to feature notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture video playback together with autofill to securely and quickly enter passwords as well as other personal details in website format.

Oreo also tends to limit background apps from draining the battery in order to support more usage from every charge.

Out of Developer Preview of Oreo

Google has totally renovated its emoji design, scrapping the Flubber-like spots in preference to round design closer to the ones seen on the iPhone.

But to a certain extent, inspite of the launch in New York City recently one would not find an outstanding updating coming up on your Android smartphone.

After the release date, Google has pressed Android 8.0 Oreo out of the developer preview and public beta and in its Android Open Source Project.

This has made it possible for third-party Android smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, OnePlus, HMD Global, LG, and Huawei to begin functioning on the operating system for their individual devices.

Different manufacturers of smartphone tend to operate on different timescales in rolling-out the updated version of Android to their hardware.

The amount of tweaks to the design together with functionality of the operating system of Google could also decide how long it would take to perform on third-party devices.

Oreo: Over-the-air Update

The California-based company, considering those running Google’s own hardware such as the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Pixel XL and Google Pixel, has confirmed that Android 8.0 has come into carrier testing and the new operating system would be made available as an over-the-air update from the settings app in future.

The ultimate version of Android Oreo would be pushed-out to users who have signed up to the program currently. Apparently Android 8.0 Oreo tends to be a refined upgrade and on investigating deeper it would come with some really important improvements precisely with regards to tangible performance, battery life together with security.

It would be coming on all main Android smartphone released over the next year.  

For whom is Android 8.0 Oreo Now & In General?

The answer to the first, as mentioned earlier is for Google’s own phone ranges and very soon for the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.  However Nexus phones such as the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 would not be getting it.

The answer to who would be getting Oreo in general is based on third party handset manufacturers.  All the up-to-date generation premium handsets would be getting Android 8.0 Oreo though how quickly is yet to be seen on various aspects.

Oreo: Some of the highlights

Oreo Performance

Each update tends to claim to have `Performance enhancements’.  However Oreo tends to really have it.  Boot times on Pixel XL went on from over a minute to about 15 seconds and apps are said to open up faster.

Moreover there is an enhanced cache management with Oreo mechanically deleting cached data from apps if performance tends to get slow.  This seems to be the main part of the Oreo update.Reducing on rogue app behaviour tends to make a difference to the life of the battery.

Notification Channels

Notifications have been classified into channels enabling the users in customizing how they are seen, their related sound/vibration, if one would prefer specific notifications to be blocked and they could also be snoozed for whatever period of time, which seems to be an actually convenient feature.

Notification Dots

Icons in Oreo, identical to iOS, is said to have visual indicators for fresh content but they are dots, not specific numbers.

Long pressing on these dots, one can view a preview of the alert and can swipe it away without going to the main notification bar which is mostly convenient for phones having huge displays.

Picture-in-Picture

This enables video apps such as YouTube – with Red subscription, Duo, Google Maps, video in Chrome and certainly the likes of Netflix still tend to show video in pop-out window on closing the app with the home button.

It is said to be a catch up feature since Samsung together with the others have provided the same for some time though the same is welcome nevertheless.

Camera Renovations

Fresh new double tap feature in the camera take you to 50% digital zoom and a modernized UI having dedicated photo/video toggle buttons.  

Smart Text Selection

Small though inventive renovation, it tends to add content suitable apps to selected text.Presently, for instance, together with a highlighted address would be Google Maps and a highlighted phone number would be the phone app and not just copy, cut etc.

Improved Audio

AAudio is presently the new low potential API which tends to support Android catch up with something that iOS seemed to surpass with. Moreover Google has also supplemented LDAC high bandwidth Bluetooth streaming protocol of Sony that is inclined to deliver CD quality audio via Bluetooth.

The hitch is the Bluetooth headphones/speakers need to support LDAC and presently only Sony peripherals seem to do that which may change now.

Project Treble

Oreo tends to make Android more integrated, separating third party handset makers’ customisation such as TouchWiz, from the core operating system.

This could make it stress-free for handset manufacturers in introducing quicker Android improvements which will be a game changer should they tend to take advantage of the same.

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