Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo’s feature updates

Android O Features

On August 21’s Google announced the project name for Android 8.0 as “Oreo”. Following the alphabets of the English language “Oreo” is the successor of hugely successful “Nougat” name. Android Oreo is going to bring more customization, easily accessible Accessibility features and security updates.

Some recent Android smartphones will be getting the Android O update. Recently Oneplus has confirmed that Android O will be the last update for Oneplus 3/3T after just 1 year of release. Google Pixel and up will receive the update while Google Nexus 5 and down will not. Samsung’s S series (S7 and up), J7 (2017), A series (A3 and up) will receive the Android O update. Similarly Motorola Z series and G4 and up will receive the O update. LG has planned to release Android O for V10 and up, Q6 and Q8, and G5 and up. LG will also release Android 8.0 for Nexus 5X.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming to Android 8.0 Oreo.

  • Accessibility Button on Notification Bar: Allows you to access accessibility features, like magnification quickly, and accessibility services functionality like “Select to Speak.”
  • Volume Accessibility: Android Accessibility services can optimize the audio experience for users with disabilities.
  • Adaptive Application icons: To ensure intra-device consistency, Developers can now provide a full-bleed square shaped icon and OEMs will mask the icon.
  • Ambient Screen Update: Notification highlights with a larger font, app name and immediate access to notification actions.
  • Application Background Execution Limits: Control how apps run in the background for better overall system performance boost.
  • Background Location Polling Limits: Restricts the frequency of location update polling in the background for better overall battery performance boost and system health.
  • Deeper/Vibrant Color Renders: Enables applications to deliver richer visual content with more dynamic colors and subtle gradients. Supports full-color management which allows applications to display images in the format and quality they were intended.
  • Downloadable Fonts: Applications can now be smaller thanks to no need to bundle custom fonts within the app itself.
  • Unknown Apps Installation Security: Hostile downloader apps can’t operate without permission; users now permit the installation of APKs per-source.
  • Integrated Printing Support: Compatible with about 97% of printers sold worldwide Mopria-certified printers.
  • Linkable Files: API that allows you to share files across the Internet via web links.
  • High-performance audio with Native C/C++ audio API: Integrated API function for high-performance audio.
  • Granular Notification Categorization: Control notifications from the application with a granular and consistent approach over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.
  • Snoozing Notification: Inbox app like snoozing lets users hide and receive the same notifications after a period of time.
  • Project Treble Implementation: A modular architecture is making it easier and faster for OEM’s to deliver Android updates. The most significant change to the foundations of Android to date:
  • TextView Auto-sizing: Developers can now let the size of their text increase or decrease spontaneously based on the size and characteristics of the TextView, optimises viewing text in different devices
  • Tooltips: Support for tooltips (small popup windows with descriptive text) for views and menu items.
  • Google VPN Integrates with Wi-Fi Assistant: Connects you to high-quality open WiFi and secures your connection automatically.