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Android 8.0 Oreo Officially Launched: Features And List Of Phones That Will Get Android O

By Harsh Soni , Aug 22, 2017 01:47 PM EDT
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Google Android 8.0 Oreo, which is the next version of the mobile OS has been officially announced for the world. Google has unleashed the Android Oreo name, which had been leaked earlier, at an event in New York at the US total Solar Eclipse day on August 21. 

Android's alphabetical snack-themed codenames have gone commercial, just like Android KitKat and partnered with an actual snack producer. Google has adopted Nabisco's trademarked "Oreo" as the name for Android 8.0 O release. The launch event also came with the traditional statue unveiling: a superhero Android Oreo, as reported by Arstechnica.

Android 8.0 brings a tons of improvements and new features to Android including Picture-in-Picture mode, better battery optimization and more, as reported by GSM Arena. Other main features includes notification dots, fully redesigned emoji (including over 60 new ones), Google Play Protect built-in, limits to background overuse of battery by apps, faster boot speeds, autofill system-wide, and support for Android Instant Apps.

After the event, Android 8.0 Oreo is shipping out across all the usual distribution methods. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is getting the 8.0 code release. OTA updates will start to roll out soon to the Google's own Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. Also the Android 8.0 system images are already up for the same smartphones. Any device enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also get upgraded to these final builds.

For the other smartphones vendor, Google claims that they are working with Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Motorola, HMD Global (aka the Nokia phones) Samsung, Sharp and Sony and these will be launching, upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo soon. Recently, HMD Global has revealed they will be one of the first to roll out Android O and are already deep in development of the new Android 8.0 Oreo.

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