Android Oreo is the official name of the next version of Google’s mega-popular mobile operating system set to release soon.
Whether you have installed the Android Oreo developer preview or if you’re still playing it cool with the more stable Android Nougat, the update will arrive and install without much effort at all.
If you aren’t notified, you can try to check for the update in the settings menu, but keep in mind that Google is rolling the update out in phases. Of course, we’ll be keeping you abreast of when it officially debuts.
Don’t have a Google-branded phone? The company announced , an initiative that will ensure that Android Oreo comes to many more devices than previous operating system updates. Additionally, the list of supported devices undoubtedly grow as the year goes on, with the rumored to launch soon.
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Allows you to quickly access from the navigation bar accessibility features, like magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, like Select to Speak.
Accessibility services can optimize the audio experience for users with disabilities.
Developers can now provide a full-bleed square shaped icon and OEMs will mask the icon to ensure intra-device consistency.
Highlights the incoming notification with larger font, highlighted app name and immediate access to actions.
More control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.
Limits the frequency of location updates in the background for better overall system health.
Enables applications to render richer visual content with more vibrant colors and subtler gradients. Supports full color management which allows applications to render images in the format and quality they were intended.
Applications no longer need to bundle custom fonts, which helps reduce their size.
Hostile downloader apps can’t operate without permission; users now permit the installation of APKs per-source.
Compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.
API that allows you to share files across the Internet via web links.
API function for high-performance audio including Native C/C++ audio API.
More granular and consistent control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.
Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing.
Pointer capture allows the app to capture all mouse input.
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.
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.
Support for tooltips (small popup windows with descriptive text) for views and menu items.
Auto-connects you to high quality open WiFi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google.
Update: Google has unveiled Android Oreo, its latest major operating system update that will release in the coming days. While you wait for the update to come to your phone, read about what’s coming in the Double Stuf’d upgrade below.
Follow along as we dive into a list of confirmed features, all of which are available right now in the beta.
- Here’s how to install Android O right now
Confirmed Android O features
Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
As is already seen on the iPad and some bespoke third-party launchers for Android, this would natively allow you to have one supported app remain lay on top of another separate app.
This is a minor feature, but one that makes multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and more of a relaxed experience. In our experience, PiP is in working order and operates as intended when watching a YouTube video.
Faster boot times
While speedy boot times are usually associated with a step-up in hardware. But Google unveiled that Android O will bring those benefits to all phones that run the software.
And it’s not just the operating system that becomes faster to load up, but the apps on your phone can start running faster, too.
Restricted background activities
This is a power-saving feature that de-prioritizes app functions running in the background, which in turn means that your battery is going to possibly last much longer than it currently does on Android Nougat.
Paired with likely improvements to the Doze function that intelligently saves battery during down-time, it’s feasible that Android O could help squeeze an extra handful of hours out of your phone.
Contextual press-to-hold options
In an e-mail trying to copy an address so that you can paste it into Google Maps? No more, says Android O. By using machine learning, the OS can now recognize which app is best for the string of characters you’re working with. Another example included being able to highlight a phone number and pop right into the dialer.
As the name suggests, Google has introduced strict design guidelines for developers to adhere to that will help to create a unified visual style across more apps.
In addition, these new app icons will animate based on user interaction and…have you seen the animation demo? Look up. It looks awesome.
It seems that Google hasn’t rolled out these nifty icons yet, but hopefully we can look forward to them coming in the final release.
Boosted audio performance
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the first Android phone to come installed with Bluetooth 5, a technology that will widen the bandwidth and raise the speed limit in the wireless pipeline for your content to travel through and thus, enhance the quality of audio content sent wirelessly between your phone and headphones.
And while many devices will follow suit, audio quality on Android is going to get yet another boost thanks to Android O’s native support for LDAC, Sony’s hi-res Bluetooth audio codec.
In the developer options, we’re already seeing tons of options for tweaking the bitrate for audio and we expect more advancements to come down the line. This one could be a big deal, especially for those holding out on buying into the best wireless headphones.
This is all good news, especially since the Google Pixel 2 might not have a headphone jack.
An oldie that’s been knocking around for years on iOS and some third-party launchers, this brings an at-a-glance notification bubble to app icons on the homescreen as a native Android feature.
Unlike iOS, Android O doesn’t tell you how many pending alerts you have within a given app, but knowing where to direct your attention at the very least is a good thing.
Google is finally replacing the gumdrop emoji style from older versions of Android and is now making rounder face icons for Android O.
There are also new emoji in the form of starstruck, throwing up, fairy, mermaid, giraffe, wizard and even more options.