Google launched the latest version of its hugely-popular operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo – at an event in New York City last night.
The launch happened after months of beta releases and tons of tweaks from the technology company Google.
Android Oreo includes a slew of tweaks and minor improvements to the smartphone and tablet operating system.
The eighth major software iteration includes notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture video playback, and auto-fill to quickly and securely enter passwords and other personal information in website forms.
Android Oreo will also restrict background apps from draining the battery to get more usage from each battery charge.
Plus, Google has completely overhauled its emoji design dropping the Flubber-like ‘blobs’ in favour of a round design closer to those seen on the iOS.
Additionally, there is a “smart copy-and-paste” feature which highlights an entire address, telephone number or web addresses when people try to copy it
One of the major thing introduced in the Android 8.0 Oreo is Instant Apps, which lets some services invoke parts of their Android apps, even if people have not installed them
However, despite the launch last night, you won’t find an outstanding update waiting for you on your Android smartphone this morning.
Following the release date, Google has pushed Android 8.0 Oreo out of developer preview and public beta and into its Android Open Source Project.]
“Android typically needs to be adapted and approved by each handset maker and mobile operator, so it takes months for new versions of Android to reach a significant number of users.
One key change in Android Oreo is in the architecture: to make it easier in the future for phone manufacturers to make their changes, but still push out new versions of the operating system to users.”
This enables third-party Android smartphone manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, OnePlus, LG, Huawei, HMD Global) to start working on the operating system for their own devices.
Different smartphone manufacturers work to different timescales to roll-out the latest version of Android to their hardware.
The number of tweaks to the design and functionality of Google’s operating system can also determine how long it takes to appear on third-party devices.
As for those running Google’s devices like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The company has confirmed that Android 8.0 has entered carrier testing.
It expects the new operating system to be available as an over-the-air update from the settings app in the near future.
The final version of Android Oreo will be pushed-out to those signed-up to the program today.