When Android 8 Oreo (previously dubbed Android O) was released, it was expected to take the mobile landscape by storm.
The key feature of this Android platform implementation is what Google calls Fluid Experiences, which allow users to switch from one app to another without interrupting their workflow, resulting in a more productive and efficient experience. Picture-in-Picture, for example, allows for much better multitasking functionality.
Another Fluid Experiences feature is Notification Dots, which is a simple addition to the home screen and App Drawer that alerts users when an action for a specific app is available. When you receive a new email, for example, you’ll notice a small dot over the app icon, indicating an active notification.
Other notable Android Oreo features include the following.
- Auto-Fill: This feature allows apps to automatically fill in usernames, making it easier to sign into apps and services.
- Notification Snoozing: Instead of simply dismissing notifications, users can snooze them.
- Improved cache data management: Each app will have its own cache data limit. When the system needs to free up memory, it will delete cached data from apps that have reached their memory limit.
- Smart Text Selection will use machine learning to recognize commonly copied words (such as business names, phone numbers, URLs, and so on) and quickly copy them without having to select each letter or number of the intended selection.
- Tensor Flow Lite: Using on-device machine learning, this subsystem will help apps perform significantly faster. Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) is used in this scaled-down version of Google’s machine learning tool to improve the overall experience.
- Google Play Protect: This is Google’s attempt to increase security. Android 8 Oreo will include a real-time security scanner that will scan all apps downloaded from the Google Play Store. This new system should help to keep Android users safe from malicious software and data theft.
- Google Play Console Dashboards: This feature is only available to developers. It will display performance issues (such as battery drain, crashes, interface issues, and so on) to assist developers in troubleshooting their apps. All Android users will benefit greatly from this because app problems will be resolved more quickly.
Why does Android 8 Oreo matter?
Android 8 Oreo provides users with the most productive, productive, and secure Android platform yet. That, in and of itself, makes this one of Google’s most significant releases in quite some time.
Android will have unrivalled mobile performance thanks to Tensor Flow’s assistance in bringing machine learning directly to the hardware. Furthermore, thanks to Fluid Experiences, users will discover that increased performance improves productivity. Android Oreo is expected to be one of the most productive releases of the Android platform.
To make this release even more significant, Google Play Protect will prevent malicious software from being installed on devices. This new security feature begins in the Google Play Store, scanning apps as soon as they are submitted, and continues to the device, where apps are scanned in real-time.
Who does Android Oreo affect?
Any user with a compatible Android device will be affected by the release of Android Oreo. The Pixel, Pixel XL, LG Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P will all be ready for Android Oreo upon its initial release.
Before creating new apps for Android Oreo, Android app developers must download Android Studio 3.0 and update to the latest Android Support Library 26.0.0. Developers should also think about incorporating new features like notification channels, picture-in-picture, and autofill. Check out the Android Oreo Developer Preview site for a complete list of the new features.
Internal source code Android 8 Oreo
Internal source code has revealed (as first discovered by Myce) that Android O could be dubbed the ‘Android Oatmeal Cookie.’ Evidence was discovered in Android’s source code, where the term ‘oc-dev’ appears on several occasions. One of the most notable examples is when the code indicates that the Google Pixel is running on Android O Developer Preview, also known as ‘oc-dev.’ The codename ‘oc-dev’ could stand for oatmeal cookie. We make this assumption because the phrase “oatmeal cookie” appeared in one of the slide presentations at Google I/O in May
While these pieces of evidence are compelling, Google may choose to rename Android 8 Oreo something entirely different. Android 8 Oreo is also widely rumored to be dubbed Android 8 Oreo, which may be very feasible if Google collaborates with the company to undertake some sort of cross-promotion, as we saw with Android KitKat.
The most recent preview verified that the Android version is 8.0, which was kept under wraps when Android O was first introduced. The first developer preview build of the next major Android update was released in March, and the second developer preview was released during Google I/O 2017.
In early June, the firm published Developer Preview 3 with the final Android O APIs. Google has stated that another will be released in July with “near-final system images.” According to Google, the most recent preview release features the latest version of the Android 8 Oreo platform with the final API level 26 as well as hundreds of bug fixes and optimizations.