In a move that everyone could guess, Android v.8.x is finally here and it has been christened Oreo. This is not the first time that Google has partnered with a well-known brand to promote their mobile OS platform. The last time this happened was with Android v.4.4, which was titled KitKat. The name and release was officially announced at a livestream event following the solar eclipse.

When the company had tied up with Nestle for their KitKat brand based naming, the former had released KitKat chocolate bars with the Android branding, we are not sure if the same will happen with Oreo although it would not be off the cards.

Android O mascot

Apart from getting a spiffy new release trailer with a mascot, Oreo is also bringing in some interesting changes under the hood.

For an abridged list of changes,

  • Background limiter for apps to improve standby battery life
  • Bluetooth and improved audio response on accessibility for people with hearing disabilities
  • Google Play Protect to prevent you from installing malicious apps
  • Faster boot speeds (up to twice as fast on the Pixel)
  • Improve Autofill functionality
  • Now supporting Android Instant apps
  • Adaptive Notification dots to quickly go through received notifications
  • Better and wider support for the Picture-in-picture mode debuted earlier
  • Redesigned media notifications, quick settings menu and Settings menu
  • Adaptive app icons
  • Notification channels to segregate and classify the various notifications

Apart from these changes and much more, over 60 new emojis have been added to the OS library with older emojis updated to a new style.

Android Oreo Mascot_2

Android Oreo update when?

Google has stated that all current supported Nexus and Pixel devices will be getting the update to Oreo soon. These happen to be,

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus Player
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel C

If you were involved in the Android Beta program the device will automatically be updated to the latest stable build of Oreo. Google also stated that is has been working closely with OEM partners and by the end of 2017, we should see devices from Huawei, HTC, Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and SONY to receive the update.

Google will also be uploading the factory images for their devices on the Android site so that people can flash the update if they do not want to wait for the OTA patch to arrive.

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