Google has launched the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android O.
In keeping with the tradition of naming Android after a sweet treat, Android O – Android 8.0 – will be nicknamed Android Oreo.
Google said Android Oreo is “smarter, faster, and more powerful” than any other Android release.
The new features packed into Android 8.0 include:
- Picture-in-picture – Users can access two apps at the same time on one screen.
- Notification dots – Users can see what is new in their apps from the homescreen, and then take action.
- Google Play Protect – A built-in security feature which employs tighter app install controls.
- Battery saver – Android O minimises unintentional overuse of battery from apps in the background.
- Faster boot speed – Boot speeds are much quicker, up to two-times faster on the Pixel.
- Autofill – Android O remembers login details – with a user’s permission – and fills in stored details in apps and forms.
- Android Instant Apps – Users can access apps from their browser, without the need to install them.
- New emoji – Over 60 new emoji are available, including a wizard and a T-Rex.
- Printing support – Compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.
Linkable files – API that allows you to share files across the Internet via web links.
Native C/C++ API for high-performance audio – API function for high-performance audio including Native C/C++ audio API.
Wi-Fi Assistant – Auto-connects you to high-quality open Wi-Fi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google.
Google has also promised to speed up the distribution of Android updates to end users through Project Treble.
The project aims to address the “time-consuming and costly” nature of updating existing devices to a new version of Android.
“We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player,” said Google.
“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global (Nokia), Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.”