The latest version of Android is officially named Oreo, the second instance when Google used a popular brand name for its new Android version after Kitkat.
Google’s Android was almost like a breath of fresh air when it was first bought and unveiled by Google in 2007. And thus started, the success stories with almost all of the versions ever since. The penultimate version, the Android Nougat (v7) was not very old, but yet, it received a new version.
And thus, the Android Oreo is here and official. And could there be a better day of unveiling it than the solar eclipse? Google announced the latest Android version by unveiling a statue at Manhattan while the sun was still behind the moon.
When will my phone get Android Oreo?
Although the Android Oreo has arrived, the mass roll-out should appear towards the end of this year. However, if you are using a smartphone developed in collaboration with Google, you will get the update sooner than later. As of now, the update is available to the Google Pixel series smartphones (Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C) and the last year’s Nexus devices (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player). Also, the devices that run under the Android Beta Program will get the update soon.
For other phones, Google is working with popular smartphone makers like HTC, Motorola, Nokia Samsung, Sony etc. for a quick roll out. Expect your update to arrive sooner if your phone uses a near-stock version of Android.
Android Oreo Features – What’s new?
In addition to the numerous performance improvements under the hood, this latest Android O has been given some new features, a style Google followed with each of the updates. Moreover, you will also see a new and bettered layout over what is already on offer.
The new Android v8 Oreo will get:
- A completely revamped notification panel, which has been stitched in a new layout design
- A feature that can snooze the notification
- Notification dots on the apps that have pending notifications
- Added security in the form of Google Play Protect
- Battery drainage will be kept in check and will see improvements over the last Android update
- Faster boot time
Apart from these, the new v8 Android also comes with some smart utility improvements like:
- Auto-fill will remember your credentials for the most used apps (not just Chrome browser)
- Picture-in-picture mode is now native
- Will minimise the background app activities for the ones you use the least
Moreover, Android Instant Apps can run from the browser itself. Hence, you won’t need to install separate, dedicated apps for them.
I am sure you are excited (everyone is) about the Android Oreo and want to lay your hands on it as soon as possible. But, you will still need to wait a bit more if you don’t have a Google device.