Google Reveals New Software: Android Oreo
Google, the American technological giant, unveiled its latest update on its Android software, Android 8.0 Oreo, and said that it will be available for smartphones and tablets soon.
The multinational company followed its tradition of naming its operating systems as sweet treats, after hiding the most recent software update under the tag “Android O.” Android Oreo comes after Nougat which was released last year.
The names of the previous operating systems are Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice cream sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow.
The new software is mainly concerned with battery life, so the software comes with greater restrictions on its apps’ functions. The “doze” feature sets aside unused apps, and lets them sleep when the phone is not being used. Thus, the new operating system is expected to prevent applications from draining the phone’s battery, as well as speeding up the overall operation of the device. Android Oreo is said to boot up two times as fast as the previous update on the company’s Pixel gadgets.
The “picture-in-picture” mode is also a very much anticipated feature. This function allows users to continue enjoying videos or movies while using another app at the same time. This is done through a floating window on top of the app in use, allowing users to multitask with their phones without having to pause or stop watching.
There is no reported huge change in the software’s interface or appearance, although a number of other design improvement changes are brought to the system.
Design related features include dots showing up on the notification panel to let users know if an application has new stuff for them, such as new messages.
Additionally, apps can also act as auto-fill providers with the system, making it easier for the users to log in their accounts.
The new software is also claimed to bring better audio experience to Android users, as new audio codecs are added to improve the music sound quality in wireless speakers and headphones.
A customizable lock-screen shortcut and fingerprint scanner gesture are among other features the new operating system offers.
Lastly, over sixty new icons are added to Android’s emoji, while the previous ones have also been redesigned.
Android O’s developer preview has been released before for some time, but back then it was a work in progress, thus it reportedly caused damages to devices, or cause losses in stored data. The beta version had a similar malfunctioning when it came out for several months.
Nexus and Pixel phones will get the update sooner, since they are the ones doing the carrier testing, but Google also announced that anyone who uses the Android Open Source Project, the code repository that Google’s partners use to access the operating system, can get the final version of Android Oreo. It will most likely make its debut on a Pixel phone, which is expected to be available for purchases in October.
Sameer Samat, Google’s VP of product management for Android and Google Play, wrote in a blog post that they have also been working closely with their partners, and hardware makers are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android Oreo.
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