Google has revealed Android Oreo, the next major OS update. The software builds upon the success of Nougat, offering new features and upgrades to smartphones and tablets. If you have an Android device and want to know more about the Oreo update, here’s a quick rundown, including how to get it early.
First of all, picture-in-picture mode is now built into Android OS. This means you’ll be able to view YouTube videos or Skype calls in a shrunken window while another app runs in the background. Android users with larger devices will certainly appreciate the ability to multitask.
Google is also introducing another small quality-of-life improvement for Android users with bubble pop-ups and notifications. When a colored circle appears on the top right corner of an app’s desktop icon, users can long-press the app to see more details about the notification without running the app itself. This saves time and battery life.
Longer battery life
Speaking of battery life, Android Oreo is also optimized to help your charged-up phone perform longer by limiting the power and memory consumption of apps running in the background. This leaves much more computing resources for active apps.
For example, whenever you highlight an email address, Android Oreo will provide you a link to Gmail so you can quickly compose a message. Meanwhile, long-pressing an address will automatically provide a link to your Google Maps.
Faster boot time
Another major upgrade involves faster boot times. According to Google, Oreo will be able to start up software twice as fast as Nougat. If true, users with older Android devices will definitely notice a difference.
Like most Android OSs, Google will be pushing out updates in waves starting in late August 2017. Users with a Google Pixel, Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6P will be the first to receive the update once it’s officially released.
Unfortunately, those who use devices from third-party manufacturers like Sony, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei will have to wait a bit longer.
Your Take Away
If you have Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or any version of Google Pixel and can’t wait for the public release, you can always sign up to the Android beta program. Once you’ve enrolled, simply open your device settings, tap on About Device, and select Software Update to get a taste of Android Oreo.
Google will likely roll out more Android features in the next few months, so keep in touch with us to stay abreast of the latest updates at 604.270.1730 and we’ll be happy to work with you.
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