Android Oreo is Here: What Changes Will It Bring to Your Mobile Phone?

Increased notification control, battery-saving restrictions, and new emojis. This is the new version of the Google operating system

Android Oreo, is already a reality. (Google)

‘Cupcake’, ‘Donut’, ‘Ice cream sandwich’, ‘Jelly beam’ … Google is sweet, especially when it comes to baptizing different versions of Android. What began as a nice way of labeling its developments has become a ritual within the world of technology, which has for weeks to thousands of citizens blindly trying to guess what the dessert will be chosen. Android Oreo . That is the name that has finally decided the Mountain View Company for the new update of the world’s most used operating system, unveiled this Monday.

Android Oreo takes over from Android Nougat , put into circulation twelve months ago. Despite this, the previous version of this software is only present in just over one in ten phones (13.5% ). We have to go back a step further, Marshmallow , to find the most updated Android update (32.3%), according to data provided by the company itself in its latest monthly report.

Android Oreo comes a year after Nougat, a version that barely reaches 13% of the mobile

There are still weeks to see this software running on a phone in the market. The update process is a long rosary – although Google has taken steps to facilitate it – which involves processors creators, smartphone manufacturers and, ultimately, operators who distribute the terminals in many cases.

Although developers have been able to access a trial version for several months, Android Oreo officially rolls out today. According to Google, the code is released today for all manufacturers. They assure from the company that the Nexus are already in tests and that they hope to launch the update “soon” (some users have already reported on Twitter that the OTA has reached their Nexus 6P), just like the Pixel phones . In addition, they explain that they work with brands such as Sony, HDM Global, Huawei, Samsung or LG , among others, to update before the end of the year. But … what will change on my mobile phone? Here you have a summary of the main news.

Fewer applications in the background

Android apps in the background will have restrictions (Reuters)

Next to the brightness of the screen, applications are the main cause of the battery of our ‘smartphone’ is depleted . But not only those we are actively using, but those that are running in the background. In silence and without notice, continue to use discharges, geolocation and other tools of the phone that devour energy by leaps and bounds and also consume other resources hindering the smooth operation of our mobile.

Well, one of the main novelties of Android O is focused on this aspect: put limits on running apps in the background to increase the autonomy of our phone. In addition, Android O will be fully compatible with ‘Instant Apps’ , a feature that allows you to make use of applications without having to install them on your phone.

Priority in our notifications

With notifications channels of Android 8.0 we can establish different levels of importance for notifications. For example, when we assign the maximum level we will hear the sound, the led will light up and a card will appear on the blocked screen.

With the lower levels we can assign each notification a reaction: turn on the led, the led and the sound, only the sound, activate them for a certain time … In this way, we can avoid intrusive alerts for things that have little importance.

If we have the personal account and the work account in our Twitter application, with the channels we can give visibility to the notifications of only one of these accounts. We can do the same, for example, with the groups of different ‘mobile messaging apps’. In addition, we will now have a preview of our messages by clicking on the icon of the app.

‘Picture in picture’

In one of the YouTube app updates, Google inserted a small floating window that allowed you to watch the video while you were still searching.

‘Picture in picture’ will allow you to watch a thumbnail video and take notes at the same time.

Now Android 8.0 inherits this feature with ‘Picture in picture’ , which will make it easier to perform two tasks on the mobile at the same time minimizing the preview of one of them. For example, we may continue to watch a video or stream while we take notes.

Lighter version of Android for the more limited terminals

In the Android universe there are phones of all types and features. A terminal with a Snapdragon 835 is not the same as one equipped with a Cortex A53. Neither is a terminal with 1 GB of RAM equal to 4 or 6 GB of RAM. In Google they have taken into account and have created a version for the less powerful terminals that have christened ‘Android Go’.

Based on the Android Oreo enhancements, this ‘skimpy’ version of Android 8.0 focuses on picking up performance improvements and optimizing the capabilities of these phones. So the applications that are already installed will consume less and will be prepared for worse connections. It will also include a version of Google Play that will highlight on the cover the apps’ least weight.

New redesigned emojis

Android O will include a major facelift in the emojis of the operating system . The new collection will leave aside the ‘blob’ style used so far and will be replaced by other more unified style symbols, more realistic aesthetics and brighter colors.

As the company has confirmed, the designers have worked more than 18 months to find the key to these new emoticons. They will be visible in Hangouts or Gmail, among others. Remember that Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter develop their own emoji and therefore are not the same as Android includes.

Project Treble: Updates arrive faster

As we mentioned, the updates do not reach all phones immediately. That’s why Google has created ‘Project Treble’ . Currently, chip makers must work on the software and later come into action the different brands of mobile with their personalization layers and their additions.

Google has rolled out the architecture of Android to accelerate the updates of the manufacturers

The result of all this is that if you do not have a Nexus or a Pixel (designed by Google) you probably have to wait more than the account to have the latest version of Android. What Google has done in this case is to laminate its operating system, separating the part on which manufacturers work to make the process faster. Of course, for now, this new system will only be compatible with mobile phones that arrive with Android OR installed factory .
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