Yesterday, during the eclipse, Google finally revealed the official name of version 8.0 of its operating system. And continuing with the list of desserts, this time the new version of Android is called Android Oreo, making this the second version of Android to bear the name of a sweet brand (the first was Kit Kat)
Since Lollipop (Android 5.0), we haven't had a radical change in design; The updates have taken care of refining the behavior and look of Android. Android Oreo continues the trend; It brings few aesthetic changes, but we do have a lot of changes behind the scenes, in the background, that will improve Android considerably.. Below, I detail the changes that most caught my attention.
Execution limits for secondary tasks and fast startup.
Personally, it seems to me the most significant change and that we will notice more in this new version of the operating system. Android is adopting a system similar to the one iOS has since implementing multi-tasking, with much more control over which apps remain in the background and for how long, improving system performance.
Android is notorious for consuming too many system resources, and this is due, in part, to the fact that the operating system has had a multi-tasking system that is too open, which many apps used to stay in the background, collecting data and consuming resources unnecessarily. .
With Android Oreo, we have Background execution limits, preventing apps that we don't need from running unnecessarily, which will have a very positive impact on the performance and battery life of our equipment..
Additionally, we also have a limitation on the frequency in which apps can request our location (again, Facebook is notorious for abusing it, consuming battery and resources).
Something that we will quickly perceive in Android Oreo, is that it loads much faster when we restart it. Yes, there are really few times that we restart a smartphone, but now, when we do, the waiting time is half.
Project Treble on Android Oreo
We've covered it in more detail already, but Project Treble could fix one of Android's biggest problems: lack of updates. Unfortunately, despite the fact that Android Oreo is available today, there are still very few phones with Android Nougat (the previous version). And less current phones, are those that will receive Oreo (apart from the Pixel, the official phones of Google).
Here's more about Treble
Picture in Picture
Another function that is finally coming to Android is the possibility of having a video or video call in Picture in Picture. However, Google has been quite reluctant to activate it in its properties; YouTube on iOS, for example, has not implemented Picture in Picture, even though this has been available for more than two years.
Will we see YouTube in Picture in Picture on Android, or Google continue without activating it, using it only for video calls?
Android can now auto-fill (with our permission) the app login information. Thus we can save a lot of time, every time we login to different applications.
All this information is kept tied, in encrypted form, to our Google account; So once we have set up a new phone, or added our Google account to an Android Oreo smartphone, the phone will immediately allow us to auto-fill this information.
More than 60 new Emoji will be available on Android O. In addition, this new version of the operating system abandons the blobs those semi-deformed figures that Android used as Emoji, they disappear to give space to Emoji that look more like those we see on other platforms .
In Android Oreo, we will see categorized notifications. According to Google we now have more granular and consistent control over what notifications can appear and how nosy they are.
In addition, it is now possible to put notifications to sleep so that they reappear later. If an important notification has come to you, but you can't do something about it until later, with this option we can get the notification to appear later.
What phones can already update to Android Oreo?
These are the most relevant news for Android Oreo! As you can see, more than visual or aesthetic changes, we have several changes that improve the QoL (Quality of Life) of Android in general! On which phones will get this version, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the first candidates who will be able to receive it. So will the new version of the Pixel, to be released in October. We don't know if the new phones that will be announced now (like the Galaxy Note 8, which will be announced in a couple of days) will come with this new version of Android, but hopefully yes.
To summarize, then, the phones that can update to Android Oreo are:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus Player
How to install Android Oreo?
First they have to go to the following link,. Here you will find the images so that you can download them. Just choose the right one for your phones.
Then they need to install the adb tools to be able to “flash” this Android Oreo image to their phones. Don't worry, it's a simple job with just a couple of commands, which you can see in detail in the official Google documentation. Following these steps you can even go back to previous versions of the operating system, if you wish.
This is only if you want to have it right now, instead of waiting for the “over the air” update which should also be coming soon.