After five months of waiting and four previews along the way, the official release of the final version of Android O, or rather Oreo, because yes, Google has finally named its new update.
Google repeats once more with the month of August and brings us another major update for Google’s mobile operating system. It has been made to wait, but at last it is among us and, how could it be otherwise, we do a review of the 23 most outstanding new features of Android 8.0 Oreo.
1. Picture in Picture (PiP)
Android 8.0 brings us the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode than Android TV released a year ago with Android 7.0 Nougat. Now on mobiles and tablets it will also be possible view videos and video conferences in a small floating window while we use full screen another application.
2. Adaptive icons
With Android Oreo it finally arrives the normalization of the icons to the Google operating system. The new ones adaptive icons They will now have to be designed in two layers to fit the device. In a first layer the application icon and in a second layer the background of the icon that will be cut out by a mask to show them all in the same way. The clipping mask will come in the application launcher and will allow the user to decide the shape of the icons, if they want them to be circular, square, with rounded corners, etc …
3. Notification channels
The new notification channels will allow us customize what type of notification we want each application to show us. Before, Android only allowed us to block all the notifications generated by an application, now we can say for each application from the system settings which notifications we want to see and which not, without having to enter the settings of each application.
4. Snooze notifications
If we receive a notification we can postpone it to receive it again 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours later. So if we receive a reminder or a message and we cannot attend to you at that time, we can receive your notification again.
5. Colorful notifications
Notifications in Android 8.0 are much more visual. Notifications in progress now display background colors and use iconography and typography systematized. The multimedia notifications they will show a colorful background that will merge with the album cover or cover of the series or movie.
6. New hierarchy in the notification bar
Android 8.0 Oreo puts order in the notification bar creating a hierarchy. Notifications will not be displayed in the order of arrival, but now each type of notification will have its reserved space in the notifications. Its organization is as follows:
- First space: The notifications in progress such as a call, timer, music, navigation directions, etc …
- Second space: Notifications sent from Person to person, that is, messages, missed calls, etc …
- Third space: The general notifications, such as reminders, events, updates, etc …
Fourth space: The less important notifications, the type “By the way …”, where you will inform us of the weather, traffic, promotions, suggestions, etc …
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7. Notification point
The balloons or notification points officially arrive on Android. Now launchers will be able to display a notification dot on application icons to notify the user that they have a notification. With a long press on the icon, they will be able to show their notifications next to their shortcuts.
The famous Google autocomplete that we have been enjoying for years in its Chrome browser now makes the leap to Android 8.0 to allow us autocomplete login details (username and password) and automatically fill out the forms.
9. Updated settings and quick settings bar
Oreo completely revamps its settings menu and quick settings bar, now showing in a light gray color both sections. System settings are rearranged to not show so many sections on the main screen. Many options change places. It is the most important change that the settings section receives after the launch of Android in 2008.
10. Add your own tones and sounds
For the first time Android will allow us officially add our own ringtones and notification sounds easily from your settings, without having to resort to a computer or third-party applications. Now when selecting a tone we can select any audio file that we have downloaded to our device.
11. Install unknown apps
With Android 8.0 the option “Unknown sources” that we found in previous versions disappears. In order to increase operating system security now the user has to authorize which application can install other applications. Before activating the “Unknown sources” option, any application could install an APK. Now if we only allow Chrome to install APK, the rest of the applications will not be able to install anything.
12. APK installation process
During the installation of APK files the operating system will show a bar with the installation process, so that we can see how the installation is progressing and if it is about to finish.
13. Smart text selector
Android 8.0 brings us a smart text selector. If we click on the name of an address, telephone, email or website, will select all the words that make it up and a contextual action will appear in the selector to open what is selected with its respective application. For example, if we click on an address, the entire street name will be selected and the option to open it with Google Maps will appear.
14. Paste as plain text
If we copy a rich text, that is, with text format (fonts, sizes, colors) and we want to paste it into an application, now we can say paste it plain, in order to send it with the same font that we are writing the rest of the message or document.
15. Automatically turn on Wi-Fi at home
With Android 8.0, scares are over in the data rate and in the invoice. If we deactivate the Wi-Fi outside the home to save battery we can tell the system automatically turn on Wi-Fi when we get home or detect a saved network.
16. Updated emojis
Android 8.0 says goodbye to that drop design that emojis had since they were released on Google’s operating system with Android 4.4 KitKat. Now they happen to have a more classic design, with the typical round faces that everyone associates with emojis, being much more similar in expressions to those of iOS / WhatsApp, but with a much flatter design. These new emojis will also reach previous versions of Android thanks to a new compatibility library.
17. New special access permissions
New special access permissions come to Android to add more user protection. Now applications that want to send Premium SMS, access data without restriction, install other applications, bypass Do not disturb mode or battery optimizations will have to show a notice to the user asking for authorization.
18. WebView with Google Safe Browsing
Google’s safe browsing technology, with which the search engine has been protecting us from Chrome for years against malicious web pages, now reaches the WebView component of Android to protect ourselves when we browse the web from any application.
19. Project Treble
Project Treble is Google’s new attempt to curb fragmentation on Android, or at least for streamline system updates. Google changes the architecture of Android to separate the operating system layer from the manufacturer’s driver layer. Thus, with the same drivers, the manufacturer will be able to update the operating system without problems, so that the updates will no longer depend on whether the processor and GPU manufacturer launches drivers compatible with the new version of Android. The mobile manufacturer may update the operating system on the one hand and the drivers on the other.
20. Keyboard navigation
With the arrival of convertible tablets and Google Play to Chromebooks, more and more users are using Android with a keyboard, thus Google increases system compatibility operational with this input method. Now with Android 8.0 the user can navigate using the arrows and TAB key through the different sections of an application in the order set by the developer.
Wi-Fi Aware: Android 8.0 incorporates Wi-Fi recognition support with the specification Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN). This means that Wi-Fi-aware compatible devices will be able to detect and communicate with nearby devices via Wi-Fi without an Internet access point.
Bluetooth: Android 8.0 extends Bluetooth support with the implementation of these technologies:
- AVRCP 1.4 standard support, allowing you to browse the song library.
- Compatibility with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) 5.0 standard.
- Integration of the Sony LDAC codec to the Bluetooth stack.
Android 8.0 adds multi-display support to be able to connect our device to an external screen to send what we are seeing or other activity. On the mobile screen we will see an activity at the resolution of our device and the other activity at the resolution of the screen.
23. More limits for background applications
Finally, to further improve the performance and fluidity of the operating system, Google adds new background execution limits for reduce the use of resources and battery. Developers will have to adapt their applications so that the second execution of their applications is not affected. More information:
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