The official android 8.0 Oreo has been released on the solar eclipse which was on Monday 21st of August 2017.
Here are some top features of the official android 8.0 Oreo!
1. Background limits
Starting with Android 7.0 , Android can restrict certain activities an application wants to do while it’s in the background. Oreo builds on this beginning and places top priority on saving power and improving battery life without the user (that’s us!) having to do anything or install anything,
New limits on implicit broadcasts (sending “signals” for other apps or activities to act upon),
background services (activities of an app that continue to run when it’s not on the screen) and
location updates (checking to see where you are using Android’s location services) are automatic. This means it’s easier to build apps that don’t have an impact on battery life and the user doesn’t have to manage anything.
This is a new area for Android, so developers are encouraged to study the documentation and try out the background execution and location limits before Android Oreo is available for consumer devices. Background execution limits are a pretty big deal, even though we don’t see any changes on our screen.
Picture-in-picture will let users do two tasks simultaneously on any size screen, and apps like YouTube, Google Duo already support this. Essentially a user can continue watching a YouTube video and have their WhatsApp open at the same time.
3. notification dots
In terms of notifications, the new notification dots will let users tap these and see what is new in the app.
Android N brought a new framework for notifications and ways for developers to use it so we get more information in a space where real estate is at a premium.
With Android Oreo, Google is introducing new Notification channels: grouping notifications together by their type. Notifications are still managed by the app that delivers them, but users can control how things are displayed on a per-channel basis. This way we can decide things like how a news app notifies us or a music player shows a persistent notification. Notification channels is a new way for us to control the rich notifications that Android apps bring to us.
Some of those rich notification changes come in the form of a custom notification when media is playing. Google’s examples use the album art or video thumbnail to build a colorful interactive notification.
Notification channels are required if a developer targets their app for Android Oreo, and are an all or nothing affair. If a notification isn’t assigned to a channel it won’t be displayed.
4. password manager apps
Developers of password manager apps can now use the new APIs to make this auto fill option available to users in other apps. Google’s Android Developer blog post says “Autofill will roll out fully over the next few weeks as part of an update to Google Play Services.”
5. Battery life
Google Android 8.0 Oreo also promises improved battery life, and faster performance, with Android system minimizing background app activity.
Google is claiming 2X boot speed with the new OS.
7. Adaptive icons
There is also “Adaptive icons” for developers, and the system “animates interactions with the icons, and uses them in the launcher, shortcuts, settings, etc.”
8. wide-gamut colour
Android O will also bring “wide-gamut colour” support for apps, and this should help imaging apps, especially on devices which have a new wide-gamut colour capable display.
And So far, we know that the Android Oreo will be arriving OTA on:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
so let us know what you feel about the android Oreo, in the comment box below.