Google has finally confirmed the name of Android O, it is to be called Android 8.0 Oreo. This Android 8.0 Oreo brings a ton of great features such as picture-in-picture, auto-fill, integrated Instant Apps, Google Play Protect, faster boot time and much more.
Android 8.0 Oreo Features
The Oreo’s final system images for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Pixel XL can be downloaded from Android developer website. Not to mention, the OTA update for those who have signed for beta program is also rolling out. In addition to that, it also pushing sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
- Picture-in-picture: This lets users manage two tasks simultaneously on any size screen. So, users can continue watching a video while they’re answering a chat or hailing a car.
- Background limits: Android O puts a big priority on improving a user’s battery life and the device’s interactive performance. Additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.
- Notification dots: This extends the reach of notifications and offers a new way to surface activity in your apps. Users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the app’s notifications together.
- Autofill framework: Android O adds platform support for autofill. Users can select an autofill app, similar to the way they select a keyboard app. The autofill app stores and secures user data, such as addresses, usernames, and even passwords.
- Adaptive icons: Adaptive icons support visual effects, and can display a variety of shapes across different device models. The system also animates interactions with the icons, launcher, shortcuts, and Settings.
- Wide-gamut color for apps: Android developers of imaging apps can now take advantage of new devices that have a wide-gamut color capable display to display wide gamut images, apps will need to enable a flag in their manifest and load bitmaps with an embedded wide color profile.
- Font resources in XML: Fonts are now a fully supported resource type in Android O. Apps can now use fonts in XML layouts as well as define font families in XML.
- Connectivity: Support for high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as LDAC codec. Wi-Fi Aware, which is based on the Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) specification. It also allows you to customize the pairing request dialog when trying to pair with companion devices over Bluetooth, BLE, and Wi-Fi.
- AAudio API for Pro Audio: AAudio is a new native API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio. Apps using AAudio read and write data via streams.
- WebView enhancements: Multiprocess mode by default and API to let your app handle errors and crashes, for enhanced security and improved app stability. As a further security measure, you can now opt-in your app’s WebView objects to verify URLs through Google Safe Browsing.
- Java 8 Language APIs and runtime optimizations: Android now supports several new Java Language APIs, including the new Java.time API. In addition, the Android Runtime is faster than ever before, with improvements of up to 2x on some application benchmarks.
- Partner platform contributions: Hardware manufacturers and silicon partners have accelerated fixes and enhancements to the Android platform in the O release. Sony has contributed more than 30 feature enhancements, including the LDAC codec, and 250 bug fixes to Android O.
Android 8.0 Oreo will hit a lot of devices by the end of this year, as Google is said to be working with Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Motorola, HMD Global, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony.