Google has made it official -- the newest version of its Android mobile operating system is Android Oreo. The tech giant has always been fond of naming versions of its mobile software platform after well known sweets, ever since it introduced Android Cupcake. As far as names are concerned, Oreo does make sense, especially when one considers how the cookie’s name is easily identifiable across the globe.
When it comes to features, Android Oreo basically delivers enhancements in terms of boot speed and memory. Google achieved this mainly by overhauling how the OS functions at the most basic level, and the results should excite Android mobile users, especially those who own Pixel devices -- it is said that Google’s flagship smartphone will have improved start times by up to a hundred percent. With regards to processing of mobile apps and background tasks, Android Oreo is expected to show improvement in those areas, too.
And now for the more interesting features -- the more buzz worthy feature perhaps is picture in picture, which essentially allows users to launch and run video apps on top of other active tasks, and it works on both smartphones and tablet devices. And we should not forget about Android Instant Apps -- these grant instant access to apps without needing a download for limited interactivity. There is also notification dots, which alerts users whenever there is any activity within a particular mobile app with a dot in the corner. Also worth mentioning is autofill for apps, which might be familiar on desktop computers, but now has been brought to individual apps that run on the Android platform.
For those who take mobile security seriously, they might be happy to know that Android Oreo also comes with security upgrades, such as remote location, locking and wiping via Find My Device, and Google Play Protect, which has the ability to search, identify, and automatically remove suspicious apps every day.
According to Google, Android Oreo will be deployed to Pixel smartphones, LG’s Nexus 5X, and Huawei’s Nexus 6P soon, as well as the Pixel C and the Nexus Player. Moreover, anyone on the preview will get also updated to the newest Android version. After this initial roll out, Android Oreo will then start rolling out to other devices powered by the world’s most popular mobile operating system. To know more about what Android Oreo is fully capable of, it is always a wise decision to head to its official web page.
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