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Google’s Newest Mobile Operating System: Android Oreo
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Google’s Newest Mobile Operating System: Android Oreo

by Bon Francisco Talampas, Jr.August 22, 2017

It’s now official, the newest Google’s mobile OS version is Android Oreo.

One of the major areas that get updated with Android Oreo is the notification system. It introduces measures to help people manage the volume of notifications, it now includes notification channels, categories, notification badges, snoozing, time outs and customizable notification background colors.

It also adds a new “picture-in-picture” mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen. Also, it comes now with “smart copy-and-paste”, which highlights an entire address, telephone number or web addresses when people try to copy it. Users will also have an instant option limiting how many system resources apps can use while they are running in the background, to reduce memory use and battery use.

As with our previous post, here are some of the new features:

  • New notification channel, which offers the ability to have group notifications from apps
  • Picture in Picture (PiP) it works like how videos minimize on YouTube app when we search for other videos while watching one.
  • Adaptive icons allow better customization with the UI, Android O will let users create icons, which are displayed in different shapes on the screen.
  • Background Usage Limits, reducing the background data usage and increasing battery life
  • Better Audio and Connectivity, high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs – the LDAC codec, Android O’s AAudio technology, which is designed for apps that demand high-performance, low-latency audio.
  • Faster boot time
  • Smart text selection
  • New Emojis

Who will get the update?

Google’s own Nexus and Pixel phones are expected to be the first to receive the software update. Also, those who signed up for beta program will start receiving Android 8.0 Oreo over the air OTA.

On its latest article, Arstechnica posted that “if you didn’t buy a Google-branded Android phone, you’re going to be stuck waiting. 2017 flagships from major OEMs, like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, usually take about six months to update to a new version. For 2016 flagships, you’ll be waiting even longer than that—usually something like eight months to a year. For everyone else, you’ll get Android 8.0 when you throw your existing smartphone out and buy a new one.”

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About The Author
Bon Francisco Talampas, Jr.
Bon Talampas, Jr. is a computer engineer, a former member of a technical team that supports a leading health care company. Prior to his stint abroad, he worked as an IT specialist and a university lecturer. Bon also holds an MBA. And aside from being a computer geek and DOTA fanatic, he spends most of his idle hours in blogging and photography. You can also read more about him at www.bonistation.com.