So you must have started seeing Oreo on many devices as Google ramps up its rollout. The most popular devices to wear Oreo are Google Pixel, Pixel C or Google Pixel XL and Xiaomi. Many companies like Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, HMD Global etc. have been confirmed to support the update later this year. The company announced Project Treble (for those who don’t have a Google-branded phone) to ensure the Android Oreo update is available on many more devices than the previous operating system.
Coming to the features and functionality – what can you do when the new update is available?
- Intelligent text selection
The text selection feature in Android Oreo will “rock” – because the operating system knows to select all text when you try to copy and address it. The smart text selection feature provides the ability to tap on the selected text.
This feature makes it easier and faster to use the device. If it’s an address, the direction starts there. And if it’s a phone number, you can dial the number directly from the screen.
- video multitasking
This is not an entirely new feature but can be described as an enhanced version of the existing multitasking feature. Android Oreo’s picture-in-picture feature allows users to easily switch from one screen to another.
For example, if you’re watching Netflix and suddenly remember an email you forgot to send, you can leave Netflix in a small window and send an email at the same time. This feature is great for large and medium screen phones.
You’ll be able to fold a video screen from its application into a small panel on the screen, allowing you to use the phone while keeping an eye on what’s happening. You will surely appreciate the greater versatility and multitasking benefits this operating system offers.
Android Oreo allows the notification dots to appear above the apps with pending notifications. This feature was not enabled in previous versions, making it difficult to see new notifications. You can run with a single tap on the point to get actions in the context menu.
Google introduced notification dots for apps in Android Oreo, allowing users to quickly see what’s happening without having to open the app. You can just swipe the notification bar and get details of the notifications you have. This feature is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch-enabled bubble popups. A long press on the small colored circle at the top of the app icon will open the display and show more information.
Users don’t have to bother entering information every time as the “Autofill” feature in Android Oreo will fill in the information automatically. The information is automatically filled in by the operating system from the app or the web.
It is difficult to remember the long passwords. However, it is designed to be secure when you are online. The previous version of Android OS allowed you to use a bunch of weird workarounds to help you copy and fill in your account details.
The new Android Oreo version allows app registration as the autofill providers in the system register you. All you have to do is select the autofill provider in any language and input settings. Android will request credentials from the app if necessary.
- Adaptive app icons
Google encourages its users to interact more with app icons through this new update. It provides tools for developers to make the interactions a bit fun and engaging.
The app icons could come alive as the users interact with them or scroll through the home page screens. It’s potentially a new feature and we’re more interested in what developers can do with it.
- Great speed and power
According to Google, Android Oreo loads the apps and boots the device at twice the speed of Android Nougat, resulting in smoother operation. Google has done a lot of work to speed up the iteration of its mobile platform. This improvement is likely to improve the performance of even the cheap devices.
Google also limits the frequency of background location updates to improve the health of the system. It’s twice as fast as the previous generation with faster booting. App developers will love this feature.
- Great achievement for Google Assistant
The new Android OS operating system gives Google Assistant additional powers, making it much more useful. Google Assistant is open to developers to use in their applications. This means that it can be used within the application, which serves to increase the usability of applications in the long term.
This type of innovation is necessary if it is to become indispensable. Google is making the Assistant grow and evolve beyond smart devices.
- Play more with new emojis
There is no doubt that emojis are a permanent addition to our daily lives. They have their own movie to scream out loud. Google is committed to the latest additions to the ever-growing emoji family in Android Oreo.
When it comes to presenting fresh emojis to users, Google falls behind Apple. Incorporating the latest expressions is likely to please the Homeland generation. You can find more than 60 new emoji. The best part is that Google will redesign the entire emoji catalog. So keep an eye out for a fresh new look when Android Oreo lands on your device.
- Save battery life
Android Oreo’s primary focus is battery life, speed, and security with great control over the apps. Google is moving more slowly towards its competitor Apple’s iOS, with major limitations on everything you can do with the app. Background app limits reduce the performance demands on the device and speed up its operation. This means that all devices will have longer battery life once Android Oreo is installed.
Google says Android Oreo is a lot smarter when it comes to letting apps run in the background, reducing power and money consumption. This leaves more battery capacity for tasks that you use regularly.
- keyboard navigation
The biggest improvement in Android Oreo is keyboard navigation. Users can easily navigate with a more reliable and predictable “arrow” and “tab” navigation model. This feature helps both end users and developers.
Apart from that, Wi-Fi Awareness is the new feature in Android Oreo that allows Wi-Fi devices to talk to each other over an ad hoc local network. Google will add Sony’s LDAC codec to improve low-latency audio. You can also see some improvements to the camera app. Google revamps the camera app and offers a new double-tap feature to quickly zoom to 50%. Android app developers believe these new features will be a game changer for them.
After all, no Android operating system would be complete without an Easter egg. However, what we’re seeing in Android Oreo isn’t the most impressive we’ve seen to date. Go to Settings and tap System -> About phone. You will see a big Android O. Tap it repeatedly to get an octopus.