After months of waiting, Google finally made the announcement–what was known as Android O before, is now officially Android Oreo!
The highly anticipated Android mobile OS was unveiled yesterday by Google.
Android Oreo joined the ranks of other ‘sweet’ Android OS such as Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat. Right now, this new OS has just gotten out of its developer preview (or public beta stage) and has been moved by Google onto its Android Open Source Project.
Several reports confirmed that builds for Pixel, Nexus 5X, and 6P have already entered carrier testing, so it won’t be long before Oreo is rolled out over-the-air.#Google finally unveiled #AndroidOreo and it is sweeter than ever!Click To Tweet
Current statistics reported by the Indian Express suggest that majority of Android devices as of August 2017 are still running Android Marshmallow (32.3 percent of devices) and Android Lollipop (29.2 percent) operating systems. Another 13.5 percent are utilizing Android Nougat.
Looking closely at the figure, it doesn’t really sound like great news for Google’s Android platform. Hopefully, the newest features of Oreo will be enough to turn the table around.
Android Oreo: What to Expect
According to Google, Android Oreo, also known as Android 8.0, will be smarter, faster, more powerful, and sweeter than ever. This new OS has a boot speed two times faster than the current versions of the Android operating system. It limits background activity for the apps least used by the mobile user which will definitely help speed up any mobile activity.
The Oreo also comes with an ‘Autofill‘ feature to make logins to different applications faster and a whole lot easier.
Oreo also boasts of a ‘Picture-in-Picture‘ feature which will allow users to view two apps at once.
If you are losing patience having to tap mobile apps several times to launch or use them, worry no more. Oreo has the ‘Notification Dots‘ feature that will allow you to see updates on your apps quickly. Once done, you can just remove the notifications by swiping them away.
There is also an ‘Android Instant Apps‘ feature that will ‘teleport’ you “directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.” Also, expect your mobile device to be more secure with Google Play Protect while you enjoy longer battery life.
If you’re a lover of emojis, you’ll be excited to learn that Oreo is packed with fully designed emojis and includes over 60 new emoji.
So, when will Android Oreo start rolling out?
Android users who registered for the public beta build of Android Oreo on their smartphones should have gotten the final build yesterday. Specifically, people who use Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C tablet who signed up for the public beta build.
If you are in the beta program, your mobile device should have prompted you about the final Android Oreo 8.0 build. However, if you are an owner of any of the device stated above but has not joined the beta program, you will have to wait for the over-the-air roll out that will take place anytime soon since Google is still finalizing the carrier builds for the phones.
Other mobile devices included on Google’s list of Android Oreo carriers are Nokia 8, the Essential Phone, and Android devices from Samsung, Huawei, General Mobile, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Sharp, and Sony. The said manufacturers will all make separate announcements on when they will release the Android Oreo build for their smartphones.