Google has unveiled a new edition of Android (Code Name: Android O). The American group presented the new version this August 21 at a conference in New York organized on the occasion of the total solar eclipse on the city.
Android Oreo was launched in public beta last May 17 at the event of the US IT giant for developers, the Google I / O.
Android Oreo to download
A link already allows to download Android O (in beta) and install it on Nexus and Pixel smartphones. The devices that can accommodate it are specifically the Nexus 5X (manufactured by LG) and Nexus 6P (Huawei), as well as the Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL.
What’s new in Android O
Android O brings a lot of novelties and APIs. Here are the most salient:
Google is changing the architecture of its operating system. Objective posted: to make the updates “easier, faster, and cheaper” for device manufacturers.
Notifications evolve, with settings opening the door for more customization. The user can, for example, choose what type of notification he wants to receive from each application (like, new messages …). Notifications may also be postponed to appear later. The app icon also hosts “badges”, also called “dots”, highlighting notifications. Pressing the icon for a few seconds will read the corresponding notification.
The possibility of automatically activating the Wi-Fi when approaching a “reliable” network is introduced.
Applying background stains by apps is automatically more limited, which should have a positive effect on battery life.
Apps benefit from more flexible icons, with visual effects. They can take different forms depending on the terminals.
A Picture in Picture mode (which is in line with multi-windowing) should allow you to continue watching a video in a floating window while using another application in full screen.
New multi-screen support allows apps that support multi-window mode to switch from one screen to another.
Hardware enhancements should significantly speed device startup.
New ways of navigating with the keyboard, through the arrows and tab key, are supported. This is a step closer to the expected fusion between Android and Chrome OS.
A framework of “auto fill” is integrated to facilitate the entry forms (for the creation of accounts, identification and credit card payments …).
A new “Vitals” feature (within Play) is designed to help app developers detect issues that may impact security or self-sufficiency.
The Webview, which allows apps to use Chrome, should become more stable – thanks to new APIs (Google SafeBrowsing API for example).
For businesses, Google promises new capabilities for profile and terminal management.
Android name 8
“Android O” is indeed, as expected, the version “8” of the mobile system Google. Since Android versions 4.X, the release rate of new versions of the mobile OS has accelerated and stabilized, with a major update of the OS per year. Android 5 Lollipop was released in November 2014, Android 6 Marshmallow in autumn 2015, and Android 7 Nougat at the end of summer 2016. The arrival of Android Oreo 8 is not a surprise.
Google, as usual, chose the name of a candy for Android 8, calling it Oreo, in reference to a sandwich biscuit produced by the American brand Nabisco.