The time has come, Android 8.0 Oreo is officially announced by Google and now available to the general public. Android 8.0 is now available for download for a selected number of smartphones.
Android and names
Traditionally, Google also provides a big name for large new Android versions in addition to a version number. This name has always been a treat from Android 1.5 Cupcake. Initially, these names were used to describe a new version internally. That happened already at the moment that no new version number was known. By using an internal name for the next ‘milestones’, it was possible to describe which new features were on the schedule and when they should be finished.
Android 8.0 Oreo it is!
Android 8.0 Oreo is the latest version that is released by Google. This means that we will see a lot of new functions in the coming period. There are, as you would expect, many new features added. We have made an overview of interesting new features within Android Oreo.
Project Treble: modular and faster updates
The biggest change in Android is something that users will not immediately notice. Google has divided Android more or less into two parts. In addition, a part is device-specific, the second part is the Android layer itself. This device-specific section is made in such a way that it is possible to install new Android versions on top of this. This means that it costs less work for manufacturers to issue updates.
Notification channels and colors
Another addition is notification channels, a bundling of notifications that should give developers much more possibilities to share content through notifications. This allows notifications to be made much more personal. For example, developers can offer users the possibility to receive notifications of certain parts or not. All of these different ‘channels’ within an app can then be adjusted such as sound, light, vibrate, show on lock screen and possibly overrule the non-disturbance mode. This way you as a user have much more control over the notifications within each app. The bundling of notifications has also been improved by Google in Android Oreo.
Android O direct channel
Apps can also give a background color to their notifications from Android Oreo. According to Google, that is only meant for important notifications that are always active. You can think of notifications for example route instructions. Google uses this kind of colored notifications in Google Maps when navigating and also when a phone call is being made.
Icons in all forms
Since Android 7.1 Nougat, developers can define round icons next to their normal icons. In Android Oreo, Google goes one step further with adaptive icons, customizable icons. In addition, developers provide a foreground and a background. This background can then be adjusted by the user’s graphic peel or home screen app.
The renewed notifications and icons come together in a new function, namely Notification Dots. For example, if there are unread messages in a messenger app or unopened e-mails in Gmail, you will see a kind of round badge on the app icon.
From Android Oreo there is also support for multiple screens in Android. When a device runs on Android Oreo and multiple screens are available, apps can be moved from one monitor to another.
Automatically insert data
Android Oreo receives standard support for the automatic insertion of data, for example when logging in to an app. Many password managers use this kind of functionality to make it easier to log in with passwords that are difficult to remember.
Download and install Android 8.0 Oreo
True to tradition, the Pixel and Nexus devices are the first to be updated by Google. This time too, Android 8.0 Oreo is available for the Google Pixel , Pixel C, Google Pixel XL , Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player.