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Android Oreo: What's New, What's Changed & What's Unique

 Google Android 8.0 Oreo, the next version of the mobile OS has been officially announced for the world. Google announced the Android Oreo name, which had been leaked earlier, at an event in New York, and this coincided with US total Solar Eclipse event. Android 8.0 brings a host of improvements and new features to Android including Picture-in-Picture mode, better battery optimization and more. Here’s a quick look on what is new in Android Oreo 8.0 and when should users expect it on their smartphones.

Introducing Android 8.0 Oreo: Smarter, faster, more powerful and sweeter than ever. The world's favorite cookie is your new favorite Android release.

Swift moves, behind the scenes:

2x faster:

 Google understands our pain when it comes to Nougat boot times, and it has seriously upgraded Android 8 to cut down on the time it takes to load. All Android Oreo devices should see a significantly reduced boot speed, but Pixel owners will particularly benefit. Get started on your favorite tasks more quickly with 2x the boot speed when powering up, boot time as measured on Google Pixel

Background limits:

 Android Oreo helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, it's the super power you can't even see.


its most useful one will likely be autofill. I know, you’re thinking, “We’ve had autofill in Android for years,” but the new approach applies directly to passwords, and goes a step beyond Google Chrome’s Smart Lock feature.

Just like you can customize Android’s keyboard with a better one, now you can customize the password management with a third-party platform. And it works all over Android, not just in Chrome. That means when you reach an app that requires a saved login in Android 8, the fields will automatically populate using info from your personal password vault. And it’ll work with your password manager of choice: Dashlane, 1Password, and Enpass have already announced support for autofill in Android 8. So if you aren’t using a password manager, now’s a great time to start.
With your permission, Autofill remembers your logins to get you into your favorite apps at supersonic speed


 Allows you to see two apps at once, it's like having super strength and laser vision.

everyone is going to want to try out first is picture-in-picture. It doesn’t yet work with too many apps, but it’s a feature developers will likely want to support as quickly as possible. Using it is easy. When you’re watching a full-screen video in YouTube or Chrome, just press the home button and the video will shrink down to a  window that floats on top of whatever else you’re doing.


 Every new Android release includes some changes to notifications, and like Nougat, Android Oreo brings some pretty big ones. Its starts with the notification shade.

Finally, Android 8 is introducing icon badges—or as Google calls them, dots—for unread notifications. They won’t display a numeral that indicates the specific number of unread notifications (a feature in Nova and other launchers), but the dots will give you a visual indication that an alert has arrived. They’re visible whether the app is on the home screen or inside the app drawer, and if you long press on an app icon, you’ll see your unread notifications. Tap to open them in the app, or clear them with a swipe. Press the notification dots to quickly see what's new, and easily clear them by swiping away.

Google Play Protect:

Working to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven't installed yet!

Talk about a life saver:

Google has optimized much of Android Oreo behind the scenes to make your battery last longer, but there are a few things you can see. In the notification shade, a persistent notification will now alert you to any apps that are running in the background. Whether you're talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.


 Express yourself in more ways than ever

Here’s something you will definitely notice in Android Oreo: New emoji. Say goodbye to the blobs and hello to a new set of easier-to-distinguish cartoons. Share the feels with a fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji.

Others Features:

Android Instant Apps: Teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.

Accessibility button: Allows you to quickly access from the navigation bar accessibility features, like magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, like Select to Speak.

Ambient screen: Highlights the incoming notification with larger font, highlighted app name and immediate access to actions.

Background execution limits: More control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.

TextView Autosizing: Developers can now let the size of their text expand or contract automatically based on the size and characteristics of the TextView, making it much easier to optimize the text size on different screens or with dynamic content.

Tooltips: Support for tooltips (small popup windows with descriptive text) for views and menu items.

Wi-Fi Assistant: Auto-connects you to high quality open WiFi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google.

Notification categories: More granular and consistent control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.

Notification snoozing: Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing.

Pointer capture: Pointer capture allows the app to capture all mouse input.

Project Treble: The biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates.

Integrated printing support: Compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.

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