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All About Android 8.0 Oreo: Release Date, Latest News & Features

Last year in August, Android Nougat was officially released and from that time we are seeing a continuous roll out on Android flagships. Now finally, the next version of the mobile OS has been launched for the world. Google has announced the Android 8.0 Oreo which was leaked earlier in New York in the event.

The new update of Android 8.0 has brought lots of new features to Android like Picture-in-Picture mode, better battery optimization and much more. Let’s have a look at what is new in the Android Oreo 8.0 and when will it come to our smartphones.

Android 8.0 Oreo final release date

In New York, on 21st August 2017, Android 8.0 Oreo was released during the time of the total solar eclipse. The Google’s official website has the live stream video of the eclipse and the update of Android O. Android Oreo will be first available for the Pixel devices and few Nexus devices.

When will Android 8.0 or Android Oreo roll out for my phone?

As Google says they were developing Android 8.0 Oreo for more than a year and now the beta version has been out for months of developer user testing. The Google’s blog post said, “We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today.” It adds that Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P builds have entered carrier testing and they will start rolling out in phases over the next few weeks. Pixel C and Nexus Player will also get the build.

Whoever has Android O beta on their Nexus and Pixel smartphones have got the final version of the software today only.

How to install Android Oreo For Pixel And Nexus

The latest system images for Pixel and Nexus can be downloaded and then install it to your phone. Given below are the instructions from Google on how to flash a system image.

To flash a system image:

1. Download the proper system image for your device then unzip it to the safe directory.

2. Connect your phone to the computer.

3. Start the device in fast boot mode

4. If it is necessary, unlock the device’s bootloader.

 

For now, Android 8.0 Oreo is available as a Developer Preview but the final version will come soon and it will be beyond Pixel and Nexus devices.

Which mobile devices will get the Android O update?

  • Google
  • Huawei
  • OnePlus
  • Nokia
  • Asus

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Android Oreo features

Some of the features hide under the hood and few of them show up immediately. As the new update will affect all the devices.

  • Core features: battery life, updates, security.
  • Hardware support: Hi-Fi via Bluetooth and HDR displays surface
  • Surface features: Emoji, notifications, and picture-in-picture

Android 8.0 Oreo

Here’s a quick look at some top features.

Picture-in-picture will allow the users do two tasks together on any screen size and the apps like YouTube, Google Duo already support this. At the same time, a user can continue watching the video on Youtube and even use their WhatsApp.

The new notification dots will allow the users to tap these and see what is new in the app.

The Autofill framework, will auto fill login for apps where the users have given the permission. The developers of password manager apps can now use the APIs to make this option available for the users. The  Android Developer blog post says “Autofill will roll out fully over the next few weeks as part of an update to Google Play Services.”

Google Android 8.0 Oreo has improved battery life and faster performance. Google is declaring 2X boot speed with the new OS. Android 8.0 Oreo has the new limits on background location and wifi scans to improve the capacity of the battery. It also has the new fonts and diverse emojis. 

There’s also “Adaptive icons” for developers, and the system “animates interactions with the icons, and uses them in the launcher, shortcuts, settings, etc.”

 

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