Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Android 8.0 Oreo is the successor of the Nougat version. Google has named versions with the first letter of the alphabet, starting with Android Cupcake, followed by Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. Now presents Oreo, which has significant features for phones and tablets, where the platform will now be more secure, fast, powerful, efficient and offer a better multitasking system.

The new update of Google’s mobile operating system has been available for a couple of months in its beta mode in development. And it is expected to officially arrive to Android devices later this year.

This is the most significant list of this new version:

1. There will be no more an option to “install from unknown sources”.

It is clear that not all third-party apps are malicious, but it is clear that apps installed outside the official site could cause problems in the system for a variety of reasons. Before you could install an app, an APK file, from the browser, or using Bluetooth or even downloading it using another app. You can not do this anymore. In Android 8.0 there is a feature that says “Install other apps”, where the user must manually allow third-party apps from different sources to be installed.

2. Autofill API Framework

It has always been advised to use different passwords for online accounts and change them frequently. This, however, is complicated for users who continually forget about changes in their passwords. To follow best practices and keep accounts secure, many users use notes in different apps, even in ones that are precisely password managers.

Some administrator programs use the information to fill the field automatically in the forms where these passwords are requested. However, in Android 8.0, password managers will not require the accessibility features of Android to fill out the forms.

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Now version 8.0 has a secure AutoFill API, which allows the password administrator to use the user, to store different types of data according to the security needed, either for online sites or to give card numbers of credit, et cetera. And this will work throughout the system.

3. Picture-in-Picture

With Android 8.0 you can see a video on YouTube and have for example Word open with a document, or be chatting on WhatsApp, for example, simultaneously. This is what is called the PIP (Picture In Picture) feature. It is one of the most interesting and attractive of this new version of the operating system.

4. Google Play Protect

A problem that has been attacked in this version is the increasing amount of malware. Android 8.0 has something called Google Play Protect, which means that a system that is always active in the system can detect and delete apps that are considered harmful to the system, even considering that there are already 50 billion apps, even if it sounds like a incredible amount.

5. Wi-Fi Aware (Neighborhood Aware Networking – NAN)

Android Oreo adds support to a new connectivity feature called Wi-Fi Aware, also known as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN), which allows apps and devices to automatically find, connect and even share data with other devices without having to an Internet access point or use the cellular data network.

Wi-Fi Aware is basically a combination of WiFi Direct and Nearby, which offers a more reliable connection compared to WiFi P2P, allowing users to share data at high speeds over longer distances, compared to BlueTooth.

6. Android Instant Apps

In Oreo you can access a range of Instant Apps without having to download them. This feature was unveiled in May 2016 and was called Android Instant Apps. Now it will be available for about 500 million devices globally, allowing users to launch certain apps within Google Play without having to download them. Users can launch certain apps on Google Play without having to download them.

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This option will be essential when the device has little storage space or you just want to try the app without necessarily installing the full version.

7. Battery-Saving Background Limits

Before Oreo, developers could create apps that listened to parts of the system or made changes to the Android device such as turning off or turning on WiFi in certain conditions, causing a negative impact on system performance or life time. of the battery.

Apart from this, Oreo will limit some “background” services when, for example, an app is not being used. For example, if an app is playing music, it will not be affected, but it will be limited to Instagram when it does not need to refresh, thus allowing the system to use less battery and only to run its services when necessary.

8. Intelligent text selection based on Artificial Intelligence

Oreo now has a feature called “Smart Text Selection”:, which uses Google machine learning to detect when something is selected such as the physical address, email address, names or phone numbers and then, automatically, suggest the relevant information in other apps

For example, if you double tap on a text and select the address of a restaurant that sent you a friend, Google will realize this and automatically send you the way to arrive using the maps. This feature will be that of an assistant, but it does not hurt to have more than one option to solve the same problem.

9. Notification Dots (Limit notifications)

This is a feature that has been requested many times, and occurs when one ends already annoyed by so many notifications that are received daily. With Android Oreo this will not be a problem, because it introduces Notification Dots, which offers to manage each app individually so that the user has control of how many and which notifications he wants to reach him.

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10. Find my device

Google now has a new feature called “Find my Device”, which is similar to the one used in Apple (Find my iPhone), and allows people to locate and block, as well as delete all the Device information when it is lost or stolen.

11. New downloadable emojis and fonts

Oreo introduces new emojis, 60 to be exact. The update offers new color support for apps and the ability to change or animate the shape of icons in apps. Downloadable fonts, on the other hand, is not for end users, but developers can send their apps without having to send the package of fonts they use. These will be downloaded by a provider that shares and supports these new libraries. In fact, this can be done with the new emojis.

Clearly Android Oreo seems to be seen as a mature version of Google’s mobile operating system. We will see the system finally working on the new devices of the year 2018 and we can see the functionality of the system as a whole. Meanwhile, it gives the impression that all these new features are really important for the future of Android’s own development.

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