What’s new on Android 8.0 Oreo

If you are tech enthusiast, it was hard to miss Google announcement of Android Oreo, the 8th iteration of android. While a new android version is released on a yearly cycle, android 4 and 5 account about half the number of android users who are missing on the features introduced to android Marshmallow and Nougat. Android Oreo promises improved performance, up to 2X faster than its predecessor. It also offers a host of other under the hood improvements. Here are some of the most eye catching features of Android Oreo features:If you are tech enthusiast, it was hard to miss Google announcement of Android Oreo, the 8th iteration of android. While a new android version is released on a yearly cycle, android 4 and 5 account about half the number of android users who are missing on the features introduced to android Marshmallow and Nougat. Android Oreo promises improved performance, up to 2X faster than its predecessor. It also offers a host of other under the hood improvements. Here are some of the most eye catching features of Android Oreo features:1. Picture in Picture Mode – This is the ability to launch two apps simultaneously with one app in full screen while the 2nd app being slightly scaled allowing you to interact with both apps at the same time. This adds another dimension to multitasking on top of split screens introduced in Android Nougat. Let’s say you are video chatting with someone and they inform you of an event which you want to add to your calendar. You can now “minimize” the video chat app and open calendar app in full screen where you can add the event. After that, it’s a matter of clicking on the minimized app to resume full screen mode. This feature is only available on a few select apps but expect more apps to utilize this feature with time. 2. Notification Dots – Notification dots allow you to quickly view notifications on an app and quickly take action such as dismiss without having to open an app. Notifications dots appear on the applications icon on the launcher or app drawer, letting you know that you have notifications, which then you can long press to view without opening the app. Apart from notifications, long pressing on apps icon will reveal more options for the icon such as compose for Gmail.3. Notification Channels – Notification channels allow you to choose which notifications get to disturb you. The notifications are categorized by priority type by the application developer and then you decide how you receive notification from a particular type. This ensure you don’t miss important notifications.4. Instant App – Instant app allows you run applications from the cloud without installing the application much like web apps. Most people don’t like installing lots of app they don’t need regularly unless its absolute necessary, this solves that problem, by allowing you to run an application without installing it. You can use this options to test applications before installation or run one time applications. 5. Autofill – Autofill remembers your details such as credit card information and logins for future autofill. This saves time when filling forms on your android smartphone. Autofill can also be utilized by password managers such as Last pass or Keepass to fill your password on the login windows making the process much more smooth than it is now.Those are the few noticeable features on Android Oreo. As I said earlier, there other under the hood changes such as complete redesigned set of emoji’s, with 60 new one. Android Oreo has also improved battery life by limiting background apps activity. While Android Oreo has officially been announced by google, only a few devices will be getting it soon. According to Tech Crunch, you need the following devices to get Android Oreo: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and the Nexus Player. The rest smartphone owners will have to wait and see whether their device manufacturers will provide updates for their devices in the next few months.

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