Google has unveiled the eighth edition of its Android mobile operating system, dubbed ‘Oreo’. So what’s new?
One intriguing feature in Android 8 is support for picture-in-picture, which lets you continue to watch a video while using another app, such as email. Notifications will be organized into channels, making them easier to manage, and an Autofill feature will let password managers work with Android to fill in login details for you.
The Camera app gets a few tweaks, notably a simpler way to zoom and switch between photo and video modes. Android Oreo should also extend your phone’s battery life because Google is stopping certain background tasks in apps that chew through your battery. Perhaps most importantly, there are 60 new emoji.
With Smart Wifi, if you only connect to Wi-Fi in office and work, you can set Wi-Fi to turn on at these two locations. This will save your time on manually switching on and switching off Wi-Fi all the time.
How will it affect you?
If you have a Google-branded smartphone, such as the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, you can download and install Android Oreo immediately. Other handsets will receive it once their mobile operators have tested it and rolled it out. If you have a Nexus, you can install Oreo now by heading to Google’s Android Beta page (android.com/beta) to download it. Otherwise, you can simply wait until your operator pushes it out “over the air”.
Of course, not all phone will get the update, with older devices likely to be passed over. OnePlus said its OnePlus 5, 3 and 3T will get Oreo — but it will be the last Android update
for the older two handsets.
What do we think?
Picture-in-picture is a neat feature, but it’s hardly enough reason to buy a new phone. That said, Google’s continual upgrades mean those with the latest software always get the best battery life, the most protected operating system, and the fastest performance.
Hopefully, those on older phones and less-expensive models aren’t left off the upgrade cycle. However, that’s more down to the individual operator than Google. Android 7 (Nougat) is only used by 13% of users, with a third still on Android 6 (Marshmallow), which was released back in 2015.
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