Android Oreo is the latest operating system for the Android devices by Google. Android 8.0 comprises of various detailed features and advanced features which can be easily personalized.
Android O is a thorough version of Android which has ever existed and is stacked up with amazing useful features which were never seen before. And some of the previous features have been pumped up in the latest version.
Today we have brought you a review of Oreo which will help you to understand it better-
1. Useful Notifications
Visually Oreo and Nougat do not have much of a difference. But the Android 8.0 definitely contains rich features which will give you a better user experience.
The Settings menu of Android O has been refined and reduced in size. It has also shifted in the lower pane and you will find the date on the bottom. Once you expand the notification drawer you will see the brightness slider is located at the top and the Quick Settings section below.
Below you will also find Quick Settings edit icon, user icon, and access to the Settings app.
General notifications like weather or Google app takes up less space. You can now divide the notifications into three categories: First, and a personal favorite, you can schedule notifications.
Just swipe the notification left or right until you see a gear and a clock icon. Click the clock and it will show you with options to have the notification scheduled in 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours, or 1 hour (default).
You will only see dots appear above an application or application folder with the latest notification. The dots share the similar color of the app so they don’t look distracting. Now if you tap and press the icon of an app with a dot it will show you the notification as a pop-up.
Here you will also find app shortcuts, which were a part of Android Nougat.
The new feature allows you to control over what notifications you see. Just press and hold a notification, and you can see a toggle to block all notifications from an app.
Click all categories and you will be able to see all the different channels you can get notifications from via an app. For example, in the Twitter app’s notification settings, you can toggle notifications on or off for Direct Messages, Emergency Alerts, Followers and Contacts, and Recommendations from Twitter.
It lets you choose which type of notifications you want to get alerts from in an app.
2. Streamlined Settings
The groupings which have been done in Oreo is actually helpful and is for the better. You will also find many new design changes across the Settings menu, with fewer dividers and a good use of the white space.
There is no slide out menu for navigation, it has only 13 settings categories. At the top, you will find a blue colored drop down for ongoing functions. Few of the notifications are minimized into an advanced tab in specific categories. The settings menu is designed nicely and looks neater.
3. Picture-in-picture mode, Autofill, and Smart Text Selection
Android O now has got a similar feature like Google Chrome that is Autofill option. This feature stores your login information or address and allows you to easily add it into forms.
Each time you log into a new app or add your address or credentials, Google will ask if you want it to remember the information. If you allow it the next time you try to log in, it will automatically fill the form.
Just like Autofill, Smart Text Selection is also one of the important features which have been added in Android 8.0 Oreo. With Smart Text Selection, when you highlight a phone number, for example, you’ll get the option to directly go into the dialer app immediately.
The same goes for when you highlight an address — you can jump into Google Maps and the address will already be inputted. This feature will become even more refined as third-party developers add support for it.
4. Checking The Vitals
Vitals is a new plan which concentrates on security, system stability, boot time, and battery life. To keep the battery safe of a smartphone there are now Wise Limits on “how frequently background apps can retrieve the user’s current location,” and for your handset’s security, there is Google Play Protect.
It is an amalgamation of security features that have already been executed. Just go to Settings > Security & Location > Google Play Protect, Google will tell you when it last checked your app and device for “harmful behavior.” Find My Device feature is also available here, and it’s essentially a rebranded Android Device Manager that lets you lock and erase your phone data if it’s lost.
Now installing apps from outside Play store has also become safer.
5. Project Treble
Project Treble tries to reduce the issue by separating the Android code to make it easier for chipmakers like Qualcomm to find out and be sure that the software is compatible with its processors.
6. Miscellaneous improvements
There are many other improvements like support for higher quality audio codecs, support for a wider color gamut, and improved support for physical keyboards.
It also includes Pixel-specific improvements such as how double-tapping in the camera viewfinder now zooms in, and there’s now a video icon to swap to a recording mode. The adaptive icons on the home screen can now be changed into various styles from circles and squares to rounded squares, squircles, and teardrop-shaped apps.
Android Oreo comprises of many important and useful updates. We have to wait for some more time to get the Android 8.0 update for our handsets. Pixel and Nexus devices will get Android Oreo first, followed by devices from other manufacturers later this year or next year.