Android Nougat was officially released in August 2016, and we’ve been seeing a continuous rollout on Android flagships ever since. One year later, we’re now welcoming the final version of Android Oreo to the world. The Android 8.0 update’s features have been announced and the Developer Preview has finally come to a close.
What is the Android Oreo?
Android “Oreo” (codenamed Android O during development) is the eighth major version of the Android mobile operating system. It was released to the public on August 21, 2017. Google unveiled a statue of the dessert-themed update at 14th Street Park in Manhattan, close to the original Nabisco factory that created the first Oreo.
What will be New in The Android O?
Notifications can be snoozed, Integrated support for picture-in-picture modes, Adding a custom ringtone, alarm or notification sound is simplified, The “Settings” app features a new design, with a white theme and deeper categorization of different settings.
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Android TV features a new launcher, faster startup times from a powered-off state, And improved battery life by minimizing background activity for infrequently used apps.
New and Interesting features! And Yes RIP Blob Emojis!
Android Oreo supports new emoji that will be included in the Unicode 10 standard.Adds support for Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN) for Wi-Fi based on Wi-Fi Aware, wide color gamuts in apps, An API for autofillers, Multiprocess and Google Safe Browsing support for WebViews.
About Apps and Data Usage.
The operating system will offer a tailored distribution for low-end devices known as Android Go, which will be used on all devices with 1 GB of RAM or less. These devices will ship with platform optimizations designed to reduce mobile data usage (including enabling Data Saver mode by default), and a special suite of Google Mobile Services designed to be less resource- and bandwidth-intensive.
Is it available for your mobile phone?
The latest update will first hit only a select list of devices such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player and Pixel C. Don’t be upset! Google has also confirmed that the Android 8.0 Oreo update will be available to non-Google smartphones soon.
Companies to be launching or upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo?
By the end of this year, hardware makers like Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to be launching or upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.
How to Install Android O Via Beta program?
One of the easier and safer ways is to wait for the OTA update. If you cannot, sign up with Android Beta Program and enroll your device to check the eligibility of your hardware. Click on agree to terms of Beta program and check for an update on your device. The update is almost instantaneously available.
Step 1: Install Android O Via System Images.
Google has also rolled out system image files for Android 8.0 Oreo. The process is quite tedious and requires lot of patience. Therefore, don’t forget to keep a back up of your data before flashing your smartphone.
Go to About Phone under Settings and tap seven times on the Build Number. Tap on USB debugging and unlock your device. Connect your device to PC via the USB cable. Launch command window on your PC. Enter bootloader mode by entering following command: adb reboot bootloader.
Enter this command: fastboot flashing unlock. Give confirmation to the unlock message by pressing volume up to select the Yes option and power button to proceed. Type fastboot reboot to get the device rebooted into bootloader mode. Your device will reboot to Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
Better keyboard navigation
According to Google, more users are navigating to apps using a physical keyboard thanks to the arrival of the Play Store on the Google Chrome OS. “In Android O, we are focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for ‘arrow’ and ‘tab’ navigation that aids both developers and end users,” says Google.
The underlying architecture of Android was revised so that low-level, vendor-specific code for supporting a device’s hardware is separated from the Android OS framework using a hardware abstraction layer known as the “vendor interface”.
More About Vendor Interface.
Vendor interfaces must be made forward compatible with future versions of Android; theoretically, OEMs would only need to perform their necessary modifications to the OS framework and bundled apps to update a device to a future version of Android, while maintaining the same vendor interface.