Android 8.0 Oreo Is Officially Released

Android 8.0 Oreo Release
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When everyone in the United States was waiting to see the total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017, Google officially launched their latest Android operating system. It is called Android 8.0 Oreo. At the same time, compatible Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices will be receiving the updates very soon.

What is New in Android 8.0 Oreo?

Android 8.0 Oreo
Screen Captures from Google

This version of Android is mainly focusing on behind-the-scenes updates, with a little visual changes to the user interface (UI). For example, the system will now limit how background applications operate. It hopes to prevent applications to keep pulling data in the background unnecessarily and consume precious battery life. New Google Play Protect is available to scan any harmful activities inside your applications. It is aimed to stop your devices, data, and applications from compromising.

The main UI changes are in the settings application and the notification drawer. The whole UI is still using material design. The settings app has been reorganized completely with a new black and white colour theme. It gets a lot less sub-menus and a more compact list of settings. Everything is a little bit cleaner and simpler, which is easier for users to navigate around.

A picture-in-picture mode is also supported for users to run two applications simultaneously. It is not only limited to Google’s applications, but also other third-parties applications. A “new” adaptive notification dots feature is added to Android 8.0 Oreo. It is similar to what Apple iOS’s notification badge offers. It shows a dot at the top right corner of the applications’ icons, when notifications come.

There are more background tweaks and features inside Android 8.0 Oreo, such as better auto-fill support, notification channels and redesigned emojis. You can check out Android’s Developers website to know more, and our compatible devices list to see if you can update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

Source from Google Android.

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