Android 8.0 Oreo: All you have to know it to the new version of Android

The wait is over: After several Developer Previews Google announced yesterday evening the final go-ahead to Android 8.0. On what features you are allowed to rejoice in "Oreo" and when the new operating system coming soon to a smartphone, learn it here. 

Why "Oreo"?

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Until recently, Google has kept the nickname of the new Android version secret. As usual version is named after a dessert 8.0 "Oreo", the delicious cookies with white filling, are the dessert-Beiwerk Android 7-successor. Whether Google as was the case with Android 4.4 KitKat again an advertising partnership with the US company Nabisco (maker of Oreo cookies) has been received and is planning joint marketing campaigns, is still unclear.

Android 8.0 Oreo: The base is improved

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Enough of Vorgeplänkels, into the matter. What changes does Android 8.0 Oreo for the most successful mobile operating system in the world? With the new version of Android, Google is dedicated to the fundamentals and improved this: Vitals. meant those organs, the correct translation, which are essential to life are. Transferred to an operating system are Vitals so those components that make up the basic framework and on which are based all the comfort features like Google Assistant. Without Vitals, no operating system - which is also Google-confident and has endeavored to bring said Vitals in Android 8.0 Oreo into shape. In practice this means: Android 8.0 Oreo is faster, more efficient and safer.
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background limits

For this, Google has introduced about so-called Background limits, slow down the overzealous background services. The following scenarios were the focus: A shifted to the background app now also behaves accordingly and updated to a lesser extent - whether they like it or not. When news feed of Facebook and similar applications that should be particularly useful.

Also, replace the background active services have a good reason to keep it running. When (winamp end) music app of the reason is obvious; Dropbox developers would need for her photo synchronization but for example umsatteln, namely a periodically listening service. The situation is similar with the location query that background apps only allowed to ask periodically. In both cases, Android determines the interval.

Android Runtime, TensorFlow and Co.

In addition, Google has optimized the Android runtime that is supposedly twice as fast as with Android 7.0 nougat. This naturally has omnipresent impact on the OS and apps that should all run smoothly. Furthermore, there are still some improvements to the garbage collector about to the code structure and other details that lead all in a better performance.

An interesting aspect is the implementation of TensorFlow Lite. In TensorFlow is a library for machine learning (machine learning), the open source developers is available. With the Lite version, some tasks can be calculated locally on Android 8.0 Oreo, that are hardware accelerated, the need still linking to a supporting server before. Playing some features in the cards that Google has built into Android 8.0 Oreo.

Android O: fluid Experiences

Which brings us already with the fluid Experiences. So Google calls all those features that serve to ensure a smooth user experience - that in the end everything is for comfort, and more icing on the cake is it vital.

Smart Text Selection

These would include Smart TextSelection so intelligent Copy & Paste. Which runs roughly from so that the user only has to touch a piece of text, respectively string twice, then Android 8.0 Oreo recognizes the connection and marks the content. Thought it is, for example, addresses, phone numbers or citations. Thanks TensorFlow this feature should also work offline - otherwise it would certainly not fast enough to be practical.

Double-tap on the address automatically selects the passage.Double-tap on the address automatically selects the passage.

But there's more: the acquired content Android 8.0 Oreo can then interpret and offers contextual shortcuts. To take the above example again, would appear as the phone app in the overflow menu at a highlighted phone number. In an address Google Maps would be obvious, and so on.

notification channels

Another construction site notifications. Yes, Google has once again screwed to the notification system Androids. but will have effects positively and thoughtfully, so we get down to business:

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Android 8.0 Oreo alerts can be grouped into so-called channels. So it may be about to give a channel for reminders of everything from apps like Notes, Google's App or the like. Also obvious is a channel for text messages, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, here are the usual suspects. An app can also dine while different channels, so Inbox for example, offers both reminders and text messages.

is the meaning behind this is that the user can set each channel individually. This represents almost an evolution of the "do not disturb" mode&8217; . Thus, as text messages can remain silent while memories are still desirable. Furthermore, the user could assign some text messages a separate LED color, let their own notification without having to make this setting individually for each app - which is not possible under certain circumstances in shape.

Notifications with Snooze and timeout

Also added is the ability to hide received notifications temporarily. This can be understood from a clock like the snooze button; the notification then immersed either 15, 30 or 60 minutes again.

For example, if a received text message really need a timely response, the user is but just otherwise occupied, the snooze function would respond him later remember it. , Similar functionality has, among other Inbox, the alternate e-mail client for Gmail even if this is implemented internally app.

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The exact opposite of these are timeouts that developers can implement in the future. These provide that a notification by a selected (timeout) disappears automatically time, namely when it is no longer relevant. A prime candidate for an implementation would be about any calendar app. This remind you of upcoming appointments, notifications retain but usually active until the user to wipe away or otherwise interacts - although the date is probably long gone. The timeouts developers can prevent that.

Notification Dots

Still not enough of notifications? Good, because there's an innovation that need to mention it - namely Notificatioon dots, or rather notification badges. Yeah, you read that right, Android implemented (finally) that feature that homescreen alternatives such as the Nova Launcher offer for eons.

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Accordingly, the operation only briefly explains: An app icon has Android 8.0 Oreo a small point, color-coordinated with the logo that indicates an incoming notification of the app. Simple as that. By pressing and holding the user can on the app icon also see also the notification and interact with it.

Picture-in-Picture

So, that was&# 8217; s promised with notifications. For Android 8.0 Oreo has so much to offer other subjects, which are worth going to write. As would be about even the new picture-in-picture mode. By this is meant a window mode à la Windows, it apps like YouTube allows the media player in a separate window to continue. Meanwhile, in the background another app can be used.

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Autofill API

Honestly, so of us who autofill feature common browser but a blessing, right? Instead of typing your name, e-mail, password and Co. by hand in forms or login fields, the browser takes over this chore. Yes, this is a potential security vulnerability, yet practical.

Android, for example, Chrome offered Although such a feature already on, but a system-wide integration is again a different caliber. Exactly that is Android 8.0 Oreo, a dedicated autofill API. The developer interface is open, the user can freely choose which autofill app they want to use so as with the keyboard. For password manager this API certainly comes as called.

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In Android 8.0, Google Oreo has indeed devoted some features that were long overdue, according to many users. This definitely applies also for individual shortcuts on the lock screen, which can be set finally in the new version of Android. So far, links to telephone and Google were preset, with no possibility to change that - except of course some manufacturers softwares.

settings updated

Ever Google seems to be, as has been addressed several times to have dealt with the details of the operating system. This also applies to the settings - where this is not the content but superficial meant. In Android 8.0 Oreo the entire interface settings shines in a new, fresh, clearer look.

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Thus, a revised structure at the start, the unimportant options pushes into the background - for example, setup information related to languages, time and updates only under "Advanced". In addition, some areas have been upgraded, both visually and in content. Bottom line, everything should be intuitive, because, let's face it, the old settings menu has already accumulated a lot of ballast in all these years.

Multiple displays, color profiles and more

Google has refrained from numerous features and changes in Android 8.0 implements Oreo, but they are rather inconspicuous nature. As would be about the optimized support for multiple displays, the same applies for attached keyboards.

Furthermore, make custom color profiles Apps henceforth, namely Adobe RGB, Pro Photo RGB or DCI-P3. For photo and video apps that benefit from accurate color reproduction, which is certainly located. The sound on Android 8.0 Oreo to get better, actually transmitted over Bluetooth sound. This is thanks to Sony, which own LDAC codec has automatically fed into the Android Open Source Project.

Furthermore, Android 8.0 Oreo Neighborhood Aware Networking supported. Here it is, roughly speaking, to automated WiFi-Direct, which can koopeln the phone with nearby devices. This feature is similar Nearby.

When Android 8.0 Oreo comes to my smartphone?

Among the smartphones and tablets that are powered by Google Android 8.0 Oreo include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, the Nexus Player, tablet pixel C and the two smartphones pixels and pixel XL. Supported Devices that have already participated in the beta program, get the update immediately offered. Alternatively, experienced users can also watch the Factory Images play on their device that can immediately offer Google under developer.android.com.

Devices from Samsung, Huawei and Co. have to wait until the respective manufacturer Android 8.0 Oreo has adapted to the respective smartphones and tablets. A continuously updated list can be found here: Android 8.0 - Which smartphones are compatible?

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