After five months of waiting and four previous versions along the way, is now the official releases of the final version of Android 8.0, Android O or rather Oreo, because yes, Google has finally named its new update.
Google repeats once again with the month of August and brings us another major update for Google’s mobile operating system. It has been waiting, but it is finally between us and, as it could not be otherwise, we do a review of the 23 most outstanding new features of Android 8.0 Oreo.
Table of Contents
- 1 1.Picture in Picture (PiP) of Android 8.0 Oreo
- 2 2. Adaptive Icons
- 3 3. Notification channels
- 4 4. Postpone notifications
- 5 5. Colored notifications
- 6 6. New hierarchy in the notification bar
- 7 7. Notification point
- 8 8. Auto Complete
- 9 9. Refreshed Quick Settings and Bar
- 10 10. Add your own tones and sounds
- 11 11. Install Unknown Applications
- 12 12. Process of installing an APK
- 13 13. Smart Text Selector
- 14 14. Paste as Plain Text
- 15 15. Activate Wi-Fi automatically at home
- 16 16. Renewed Emojis
- 17 17. New Special Access Permissions
- 18 18. WebView with Google Safe Browsing
- 19 19. Project Treble
- 20 20. Navigation with keyboard
- 21 21. Easy Access To Connectivity
- 22 22. Multi-screen
- 23 23. More limits for background applications
1.Picture in Picture (PiP) of Android 8.0 Oreo
The image-in-picture (PIP) mode was embedded in this latest operating system, which is similar to that of Android TV debuts a year ago with Android 7.0 Nougat. Now on mobile and tablets will also be possible to see in a small window floating videos and video conferences while we use to full screen another application.
2. Adaptive Icons
With Android Oreo, it finally comes with the normalization of the icons to the operating system of Google. The new adaptive icons will now have to be designed by two layers to fit the device. In a first layer the icon of the application and in a second layer the background of the icon that will be cut by a mask to show them all with the same shape. The clipping mask will come in the application launcher and will allow the user to decide the shape of the icons, if they want circular, square, rounded corners, etc…
3. Notification channels
The new notification channels allow us to customize what kind of notification we want each application to show us. Before Android only allowed us to block all notifications generated by an application, now we can select for each application from the system settings, base on notifications we want to see and not, without having to enter the proper settings of each application.
4. Postpone notifications
If we receive a notification we can postpone it to receive it again 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours later. So if we receive a reminder or a message and we cannot attend it then we can receive the notification again.
5. Colored notifications
Notifications on Android 8.0 are much more visual. Ongoing notifications will now display background colours and use systematized iconography and typography. The multimedia notifications will show a colourful background that will merge with the album cover or cover of the series or movie.
6. New hierarchy in the notification bar
Android 8.0 Oreo puts an order in the notifications bar by creating a hierarchy. The notifications will not be displayed in the order of arrival, but now each type of notification will have its space reserved in notifications. It organizes is it as follows:
First Space: Notifications in progress such as a call, timer, music, navigation directions, etc…
Second space: Notifications sent from person to person, i.e messages, missed calls, etc…
Third space: General notifications, such as reminders, events, updates, etc
Fourth space: The less important notifications, such as “By the way …, where we will inform you of the time, traffic, promotions, suggestions, etc …
7. Notification point
The balloons or notification points officially arrive on Android. Launchers will now be able to display a notification point on application icons to notify the user that they have a notification. With a long press on the icon, it will be able to show you notifications alongside shortcuts.
8. Auto Complete
The famous Google auto-complete that we’ve been enjoying for years on Chrome browser now leaps to Android 8.0 to allow us to auto-complete login data (user and password) and automatically fill out the forms.
9. Refreshed Quick Settings and Bar
Android Oreo completely restores its settings menu and the quick settings bar, now showing in a light grey on both sections. The system settings are re-arranged so as not to display many sections on the main screen. Many options change places. It is the most important change that gets the adjustments section after the launch of Android in 2008.
10. Add your own tones and sounds
For the first time, Android will allow us to officially add our own ringtones and notification sounds easily from your settings, without having to resort to a computer or third-party applications. Now when selecting a tone we can select any audio file that we have downloaded in our device.
11. Install Unknown Applications
With Android 8.0 the option “Unknown Origins” that we found in previous versions disappears. To increase the security of the operating system, now the user has to authorize which application can install other applications. Before activating the “Unknown sources” option, any application could install an APK. Now if we only allow Chrome install APK the rest of applications will not be able to install anything.
12. Process of installing an APK
During the installation of APK files, the operating system will show a bar with the installation process, so that we can see how the installation is progressing and if it is about to end.
13. Smart Text Selector
Android 8.0 brings us a smart text selector. If we click on the name of an address, phone, email or website will select all the words that form it and it will appear in the selector of a contextual action to open the selected text; with its respective application. For example, if you click on an address, the whole name of the street will be selected and the option to open it with Google Maps will appear.
14. Paste as Plain Text
If we copy a rich text, that is, with text format (fonts, sizes, colours) and we want to paste it in an application, now it’s possible to paste without formatting, so send it with the same font that we are writing the rest of the message or the document.
15. Activate Wi-Fi automatically at home
With Android 8.0 the scares in the data rate and in the invoice finished. If we deactivate the Wi-Fi away from home to save battery we can tell the system to automatically activate the Wi-Fi when we get home or detect a saved network.
16. Renewed Emojis
Android 8.0 bids farewell to that drop design they had emoji since they debuted on Google’s operating system with Android 4.4 KitKat. Now they have a more classic design, with the typical round faces that everyone associates with emojis, being much more similar in expressions to iOS / WhatsApp, but with a much flatter design. This new emojis will also reach the previous versions of Android thanks to a new compatibility library.
17. New Special Access Permissions
New special access permissions come to Android to add more protection to the user. Now applications that want to send Premium SMS, access data without restriction, install other applications; skip “Do Not Disturb mode” or battery optimizations will have to show a warning to the user requesting authorization.
18. WebView with Google Safe Browsing
Google’s safe browsing technology, which the browser has been protecting from Chrome over malicious web pages for years, now comes to the WebView component of Android to protect us when we browse the web from any application.
19. Project Treble
Project Treble is Google’s new attempt to curb fragmentation on Android, or at least to speed up system updates. Google changes the architecture of Android to separate the layer of the operating system from the layer of the manufacturer’s drivers. So with the same drivers, the manufacturer can update the operating system without problems, so that the updates will no longer depend on whether the manufacturer of the processor and GPU launches drivers compatible with the new version of Android. The manufacturer or the mobile user can update the operating system on the one hand and the drivers on the other.
With the arrival of convertible tablets and Google Play to Chromebooks, more and more users are using Android with a keyboard, which increases Google’s operating system compatibility with this input method. Now with Android 8.0, the user will be able to navigate using the arrows and TAB key for the different sections of an application in the order marked by the developer.
21. Easy Access To Connectivity
Android 8.0 integrates the Wi-fi Aware which works with Wi-Fi recognition support in conjunction with Neighbour Awareness Networking (NAN) specification. This means that Wi-Fi enabled devices can detect and communicate with nearby devices via Wi-Fi without an Internet access point.
Bluetooth: Android 8.0 extends Bluetooth compatibility with the deployment of these technologies:
- Support for standard AVRCP 1.4, allowing you to explore the library of songs.
- Compatibility with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) 5.0 standard.
- Integration of the Sony LDAC codec into the Bluetooth stack.
Android 8.0 adds support for multiple screens so we can connect our device to an external screen to send what we are watching or other activity. On the mobile screen, we will see an activity in the resolution of our device and the other activity to the resolution of the screen.
23. More limits for background applications
Finally, to further improve the performance and fluency of the operating system, Google adds new limits of execution in the background to reduce the use of resources and battery. Developers will have to adapt their applications so that the second run of their applications is not affected.
I hope your smartphone is compatible with this latest android version?