Android “O” has an official name: Oreo

In case you’ve missed it over the years, every major Android release has been named after a delightful dessert or candy treat. The rumor mill has thought they’ve had the answer of Android “O” for months, and today Google made it official. Android version 8.0 will be branded Oreo. Many will see this as a simple nuts and bolts update, but it has quite a bit in store.

  • Faster Boot Time: Google indicates that normal boot times on Pixel hardware, or better, will be twice as fast.
  • Background Limits: Apps will be limited on what they can and can’t do while not in focus. This should result in better battery life and memory management.
  • App Autofill: Certain apps like password managers will be allowed better access to autofill logins and passwords.
  • Picture-in-picture: More apps and better integration will be offered picture-in-picture capabilities.
  • Notification Dots: Those from the iOS world will recognize these similar to app badges on the icons of apps that have waiting notifications.
  • Instant Apps: This will allow you to interact with apps directly from the web browser or search without installation of the actual apps.

There’s always more tweaks and other things underneath, but these are the broad strokes. Per most updates, the Pixel and Nexus devices will receive Oreo today via manual system images. You can also expect an OTA if you are running the Developer Preview. This will be followed by the plethora of Android OEMs through the next 6 months. It’s also worth noting that the Nexus 6 and older will not receive the official update. If you’d like to know more, feel free to check out the embedded video and the source links below.

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