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Android Oreo – See the Amazing Features of the upcoming Android OS

August 23, 2017
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One of the annual announcements that comes from the stables of Google is the unveiling of a new version of the her Android Operating System. This OS announcement is also arguably one of the most anticipated news from Google all across the world.

And as it has been a long time tradition of the company to keep details about all upcoming OS secret, the Android O is no different as it also follows name hide-and-seek trend. However, the Android O can be safely to be that OS that exposes Google as a poor “hider” after all.

The Android O or Android Version 8.0 will be called the Android Oreo… and it was just too damn easy! Numerous Android expert, developers and even smartphone users had hinted that Google would most likely adopt the popular chocolate milk cookie, Oreo as the base name for her Android 8.0 OS and it happened. Guess we are all psychics after all.

Android Oreo

Yeah, that’s enough bragging about our psychic abilities, let’s now cut to the chase and list some of the features of the Android 8.0 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo features

1. Background limits

Battery life is always a big concern, which is why Google often makes improvements with new iterations of Android.

The latest version of Android Oreo is no different, with Google increasing the automatic limits on what apps can do in the background in a number of key areas (broadcasts, background services, and location updates, for instance).

 

“These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them,” reads a Google blog post.

2. Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode

Android 8.0 Oreo Picture-in-Picture multitasking mode

Anyone that uses the YouTube app would be familiar with what Picture-in-Picture means. The PIP mode allows Android smartphone users operate two applications at the same time on the display. So, instead of minimizing an app to the background, the PIP mode is quite better as it allows you to monitor the activities of two applications simultaneously. The PIP mode should not be mistaken for the Split-screen mode native to the Android 7.0 Nougat. They are different features in entirety.  The Android O also packs along new native set of livelier and fun emoji to bring a whole new experience to texting and new feel to the OS entirely.

3. App Notification Dot

On the Android 8.0, applications on the home screen and app tray will now have its individual notification dot to alert users of new stuff, update, message or information within the app. Just the same way instant messaging apps display notifications on their logo. The difference here is, all applications will have a tiny notification dot as soon as there is an update within the app.

4. Instant Apps

Although this is a feature that Android users running previous versions (Lollipop and above) have been enjoying, it however launched officially with the Android 8.0 Oreo.

The Instant App feature confers users with the ability to use compatible applications without having to install them on their devices. Users cam simply run the app through the Google Chrome browser and it will function like a stand-alone app.

5. Smart Auto-fill

Google put in a lot of work on the Android i.0 Oreo OS and the smart auto-fill feature is a proof of magnitude of work imputed.

Your login credentials from your favorite applications are stored by Google and when you need to login again, it automatically inputs them and logs you in like you were logged in before. Watch the demo below for a clearer picture.

6. Adaptive icons

Another expected feature is the addition of adaptive icons. This means developers will be able to use different-shaped app icons, depending on the manufacturer’s preference. App icons will also support badge notifications, as previously mentioned.

7. Better keyboard navigation

Another big change is the improvement of keyboard navigation. According to Google, more users are navigating to apps using a physical keyboard thanks to the arrival of the Play Store on the Google Chrome OS. “In Android O, we are focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for ‘arrow’ and ‘tab’ navigation that aids both developers and end users,” says Google.

8. Wide colour gamut in imaging apps

Smartphone displays are constantly improving, and OLED panels are more abundant than ever – but software support needs to be available too. Fortunately, Google promises that the makers of imaging apps will now be able to make better use of high-end displays, especially with handsets that feature panels capable of supporting a wide colour gamut.

“To display wide gamut images, apps will need to enable a flag in their manifest (per activity) and load bitmaps with an embedded wide colour profile (Adobe RGB, Pro Photo RGB, DCI-P3, and so on,” Google advises developers.

9. Better audio

Google is also set to add Sony’s LDAC codec, which has been donated to Android by the Japanese tech giant. This should improve upon the Bluetooth A2DP protocol currently used today. The company is also introducing AAudio, which should result in improved low-latency audio. The firm says that it’s a “New native API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio”.

10. Camera app improvements

Google is spending some time reworking the camera app, offering a new double-tap feature that lets you quickly get to 50% zoom.

There’s also a new dedicated button that lets you switch between photo and video modes; previously, users were forced to swipe, which some may have found intuitive.

Watch the video below to see the Android 8.0 Open Wonder.

Android Oreo – Open Wonder

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