Android 8.0 has officially arrived and we know it’s an O for Oreo. The Developer Preview is already available. Some will be able to enjoy the news before everyone else, provided of course install this pre-release. We take stock of all these news in this dedicated folder. It will be updated regularly so that you do not lose a crumb.
Android 8.0 Oreo, what is it?
Each year, Google launches the new version of Android initially through a “Developer Preview”. It is actually a pre-version of the next OS that will be deployed on smartphones and tablets. This version is not a finished version and can still display bugs. For now, we do not know when the consumer version will be available. But Google has announced its name, the O means Oreo!
Owners of compatible smartphones can thus already for some weeks install this Developer Preview to take advantage of Android 8.0.
As the weeks go by, other features will arrive, until the final version which should arrive during the second semester. We present you the new features already available for Android Oreo and will regularly update this folder with other news.
Android 8.0 Oreo: multi-window mode
Last year, Android Nougat’s Developer Preview featured a multi-window mode for enjoying Android on a Windows, Linux or Mac OS computer. But ultimately, Google did not integrate this feature into the final version.
In the Android O’s Developer Preview, this multi-window mode is back. In the manner of Continuum on Windows 10, this mode would allow using Android Oreo in PC mode. Applications would be embedded in windows as soon as you connect your Android smartphone to a larger screen (TV, tablets, monitors etc.).
Android 8.0 Oreo: the Android Instant Apps
Now, Android Oreo lets you try new apps without installing them. This novelty is not, in fact, specific to Oreo, and can be used from Jelly Bean 4.1.
Android 8.0 Oreo: universal self-charging
Another useful feature is the auto-filling of your login and password anywhere, in any application. A way to complicate your passwords and improve the security of your data. While allowing you to avoid using a third-party password manager.
Android 8.0 Oreo: improved notifications
Android Oreo also allows better management of notifications. Android Nougat has already largely developed this feature; Android Oreo will go even further. This time, the OS groups the category notifications. For example, all notifications from an email application can be grouped into a single category.
It is always the applications that manage the delivered notifications but the user can manage which applications belong to a category.
And the small detail that still has its importance: the customization of the notification ringtones has finally become easy, with the appearance of a new menu to add any sound from any folder on your phone.
Android 8.0 Oreo: autonomy
Each year, Google promises that the new version of Android improves autonomy. Once again, he makes this promise with Android Oreo. For that, a better management of the multi-task was integrated. Closer to how iOS works, Android Oreo will better manage the priority of apps’ resources in the background.
For example, if you use a running application in the background, Android 8.0 Oreo will reduce the resources needed to run it. This will have an impact on the energy used by the RAM and improve the autonomy.
The picture-in-picture mode has been around for some time on some Android models. We think for example the Samsung Touch wiz overlay that offers this mode for a lease. It is also found on iOS and Android TV.
The principle is simple: you can continue to watch a video in a small window embedded in the screen while using other features of the smartphone. Android O will integrate natively this function for the first time. Not too soon.
Android 8.0 Oreo: adaptive icons
Android Oreo will offer developers more freedom on the icons side. From now on, they will be adaptive, that is to say, that they can take different forms (round, square, triangle etc.). This will allow the icons to adapt to the different themes of the builders who will provide a mask in their themes. For developers, it will be easier to integrate the application icons in different alternative launchers.
Android 8.0 Oreo: high definition audio
Sony and Google have worked together to provide an excellent audio experience on Android. Thus, the Sony TAAC codec built into Bluetooth offers a better wireless audio experience. The high definition audio will be part of the Android Oreo.
Android 8.0 Oreo: color management
After the sound, the image. Android Oreo improves color management. With multiple supported profiles (AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, DCI-P3) Android O will provide a better apprehension of creativity applications. Android O will be able to handle more colors and their nuances. Good news for photographers and graphic designers for example.
Android O: security and stability
To view a web page on Chrome, Android uses the features related to Web View. Android O will strengthen the security of connections and bring more stability on this side. In addition, the latest version of Java 8 is supported. The overall performance of applications should be improved and offer more stability, criticism often made to Android apps.
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