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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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