Ever since March 2017, Google has been rolling out the developer previews and beta versions of Android Oreo. The company has now finally released the eighth installment of its major firmware to the general public. This new iteration of Android brings many new exciting features and added functionality to your smartphones. The rollout will happen in phases, starting with the brand flagships. In time, a large number of Android smartphones and tablets will have graduated to the newest version.
As an Android loyal, I must confess I am pretty excited about the many new things my phone will become capable of. I am confident you will also be as much psyched upon learning what Oreo has to offer. Here I list the most anticipated features of Android Oreo “new firmware”. Keep reading!
More Power Saving
Your smartphone tends to drain away all the battery and you can’t even tell where it is all going. Power conservation has been one of the biggest challenges for smartphone manufacturers for the longest time. The more features they add, the smaller becomes the battery life. Google has always endeavored to enhance the battery life with each new rollout of the firmware version and Oreo is no exception. However, this time it seems you will be able to preserve the power longer than before, thanks to Oreo’s capability to limit the background activities of many apps – native and third party. Oreo will also let you identify the apps that are eating up most of the power so that you could take necessary actions to prevent them from doing so. Isn’t it one of the best features of Android Oreo?
Faster and More Secure
Security too has been one of the primary concerns owing to random threats lurking on the web. With Oreo, Google intends to make your devices more secure and safer. It comes integrated with Google Play Protect service that runs in the background and detects any malware, viruses and other threats.
Oreo has also been designed to enhance the app performance and make the device faster than ever before. Several tests by the reputed, independent organizations have already validated these claims by Google. The latest firmware also speeds up the reboot process. Restarting your Android will now take only half as much time as before.
Better Password Management
Google introduces the Autofill API across the firmware with Android Oreo. This will enable you to manage all your autofill and passwords from a central location on the device. This, in turn, means greater convenience and more security. This inbuilt feature allows you to fill the forms automatically without having to copy and paste the passwords or usernames.
Improved Text Selection and Emoji
Not a lot of people find text selection on Android particularly convenient. It is difficult at best and messy at worst. But, that’s going to change significantly much to the users’ delight. Text selection, copying, and pasting are getting much smarter and easier with Oreo. The firmware uses an effective machine learning technology to instantly recognize when you are trying to make a selection and subsequently copy and paste it. Oreo will automatically select the complete phone number or URL instead of just a single word, sparing you the frustration of dragging the cursor
Emojis are also getting better with Oreo. It has been late in the coming, but come it did eventually. Bidding adieu to the blob emoticons, Oreo introduces the rounder ones and brings itself in line with the other platforms such as WhatsApp and iOS.
More Adaptive Icons
Notwithstanding the manufacturer’s user interface, thus far Android kept its icons square. That did not always go very well with the overall look and feel of the theme. This, however, changes with Android Oreo. The icons are more adaptive and will either be round or square depending upon the UI and skin.
Notification Channels and Notification Dots
The way you see and manage the notifications when you pull down the notification shade also witnesses a transformation with this latest iteration of Android. You can now enjoy more control over the notifications and their categories. Earlier, you could manage the notifications settings only by the app. Now, you can do that either by topic or channel. Your device will now assemble the channels together right on the notification shade.
With Notification Dots, you will be able to see the tiny dots over the icons of the apps. These dots will indicate unread/unopened notifications. All you need to do is long-press the dot and you will be able to see the notification preview. That’s nothing new to iOS users and now the Android fans will also get a taste of it.
Oreo also lets you snooze the notifications for individual apps or system services. This will help you get rid of the nagging notifications that just keep appearing from time to time. You could now snooze the notifications for 15, 30 or 60 minutes.
Google Oreo takes multitasking to the completely new level with Picture-in-Picture feature. Switching from one app to another hasn’t exactly been most convenient for Android users. Some apps just won’t work until they are in the foreground. For instance, while playing a video on YouTube, when you toggle to another app, the video stops. This won’t be a problem anymore though. Nougat took care of this challenge to an extent by offering split-screen functionality. But, it just wasn’t enough. Oreo makes things more flexible by allowing you to open the apps on a small window snapped around the edge or a corner while you work on the other apps. Working on multiple apps simultaneously and switching is expected to get much easier with this.
Easier Widget Integration
A lot of Android users who use widgets do not find widget management and integration particularly comfortable. With previous Android versions, you had to comb through the list – which was sometimes really big – of the widgets that were laid out in the alphabetical order. Not the most comfortable thing to do! This too has changed and that too for good. The only thing you need to do now is long press the app icon for which you want to add the widget. The device will display the list of available widgets for that app for you to choose. Simple!
Find App Info With Search
Google has introduced a new search functionality to Oreo. You must have noticed that the Settings app already has an integrated search function on most devices (since Lollipop). With Oreo, things get even better. The new search function displays the App Info every time you search for an app. The quick info appears in the search results. You can now open the App Info for a particular app quickly and allows you to manage the permissions of the app or delete the cache more easily
Enhanced Bluetooth Support
With the introduction of file-sharing apps like ShareIT that use the device’s hotspot to communicate and share with other available devices in the range, Bluetooth had taken a backseat. This is slated for a change it seems with Oreo. With the bit rate nearly topping 1 Mbps, Bluetooth can perhaps start enjoying the mainstream glory one more time. This will allow you to share bulk amount of data among the Bluetooth connected phones. But, it is not just about data sharing. The improved Bluetooth functionality will offer superior performance, mitigated latency resulting in much better audio experience.
Android Oreo appears to be more promising than any of its predecessors. And why not? After all, technology is advancing rapidly and Google is one of those names that are always caught up with the pace. Oreo is more secure, faster, and convenient to say the least. Now you will enjoy superior performance, better accessibility, and longer battery life. The rollout has started only recently with the flagships. But, it is only a matter of time before all the compatible phones will have the long awaited update. I am confident that Oreo will change your smartphone experience dramatically.