Here’s what to expect from Google’s latest mobile OS version, Android Oreo when it releases to worldwide devices later this year.
As you know, it has been five months since the company unveiled its first beta for Android O, leaving many to guess what O stands for until it officially released two weeks ago. Google is known for naming its version after candy or sweet items – Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat and last year it was Nougat.
Now, Google has reported that the newest OS will arrive on devices by end of the year, and has officially named it Android Oreo. The story behind the official name Oreo is that the engineers were eating the cookies during the late hours during which they worked on the new Android version.
“At our microkitchens at Google, we have Oreos all around. Our engineers just kept eating Oreos with their glasses of milk,” Kamdar said.
During the beta previews, we have already seen most of the new features, such as picture-in-picture mode, smart text selection, auto fill, notification badges, system optimization and improved battery life.
The picture-in-picture feature will let the user keep videos open as they play on top of another screen. This features is limited and doesn’t work with a lot of apps, but the developers are trying to get this fixed. Also, Oreo will allow the user to have better control over installed apps. Previously, throttling background activity of apps to save battery life was limited; with Oreo, apps have better control over what they can and can’t do in the background, thus resulting in increased battery life.
The most visible change to the OS is the new notification feature that brings more control over what the user sees. Android Oreo also comes with a lot of new emoji, like a wizard, a dinosaur, a fairy and an exploding head, among other things.
With Android Oreo, the text select feature on-screen comes with a bit more intelligence, and auto fill is much more advanced than on Nougat. The camera app has got a boost as well, and made much simpler to use, by tapping rather than swiping.
Google device – Pixel and Nexus – owners might be the first to get Oreo on their device, which is an easy guess. OEM recipients of Android Oreo include Samsung, Sharp, HTC, LG, Sony, Essential and so on, but that isn’t expected until much later.
Google’s newest operating system will bring together a lot of hardware and carrier partners, so it becomes a challenge for the company to get all of them on the same page – in other words, updated to the current version. Android now runs on more than 2 billion devices, from smart watches to cars to TVs. But the data also shows that only 13.5 percent of all Android users are using Android Nougat – the current version until Android Oreo comes – while a whopping 77.5 percent are still on Lollipop, Marshmallow, and KitKat. On the other hand, around 87 percent of all iPhones and iPads are updated with the latest version of iOS 10.
Last year, Nougat’s rollout to OEMs was extremely slow, and if things go the same way, some devices may only get their Android Oreo updates months after Google devices.