A look inside Android Oreo

by Andrew Okwuosah, Digital Editor

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While many were gazing at the sun on Monday afternoon, Google took the opportunity to officially reveal the name for the next version of Android: Oreo.

The update brings several new features including:

  • Google Play Protect: Keeps your device safe from harmful apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day
  • Emoji: There’s a fully redesigned emoji set, with 60 brand new emoji.
  • Ambient screen: Highlights incoming notifications with a larger font, highlighted app name, and immediate access to actions (think replying to a text message)
  • Limits on how apps run in the background, including the frequency of location updates, for better overall system health, performance, and battery life
  • Integrated printing support for 97 percent of printers sold worldwide
  • More control over how and which notifications can appear, including the ability to hide them for a period of time
  • Project Treble: Allows manufacturers to update Android easier and faster
  • Wi-Fi Assistant: Automatically connects you to “high quality open WiFi” and secures it with a VPN linked to Google
  • Picture-in picture to let you see two apps at once
  • Notification dots to see what’s new in apps – like the 11,000 emails you still need to read
  • Autofill remembers logins and the like with your permission
  • Android Instant Apps lets you load apps without having to install them

The company is gradually rolling out the update to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, & Pixel XL smartphones, along with the Pixel C tablet, and Nexus Player now. If you’re in the Android Beta Program, you’ll also be getting an update to the standard version of Oreo.

Google also announced that hardware makers like Essential, Nokia, Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Oreo “by the end of this year.”

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