Android Oreo was first released in August last year for general availability, and recently, two weeks ago, its latest version 8.1.0 was released. Unlike Apple’s iOS, Android’s operating system is not greeted with quick installations. Maybe because of multiple Android devices made by different brands, people are not willing to experience the latest Android versions. But they are losing on some cool features Android Oreo 8 offers. If you have not downloaded and installed Android Oreo on your device, read the reasons to upgrade your device to this wonderful operating system – Android Oreo 8.0.
Usually, every software update has to be better than its predecessor. Is this true for Oreo? How far is this latest version better than Nougat? I have furnished some reasons to convince my friends to upgrade to Oreo 8.
Why should you upgrade your Android device to Oreo 8.0? Read the reasons…
There are some big and small improvements Android has made in the latest iteration. In this article, I will list both for your perusal.
#1: Picture-in-Picture Mode
This one is already there on Android TV, but with its arrival in a mobile device, the game is changed. The larger screens of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus provide more space to enjoy this PiP mode, which enables multiple windows for video playback. Apart from fun-seekers, PiP would impress multitaskers as well.
#2: Autofill Service
This one is again multitaskers’ delight. You can now fill out necessary information quickly; especially on credit card forms and login pages of social media sites. As a user, you need to enable this feature from Settings → System → Languages & input → Advanced → Input Assistance → Autofill service.
#3: Personalized Preferences
It seems that Android Oreo has improved its artificial intelligence. If you ask me how, let me give you a simple example: when you take a selfie, your Oreo-enabled device presents you with some social media app options to share your selfie on. Similarly, if you scan or take a picture of a receipt or any financial doc, you are provided with a list of expense-tracking apps. This suggests that your Oreo OS is learning from your behavior.
#4: Allocated Disk Space for Apps
Even if you have a phone with ample storage space (256GB), you will be running out of space after a few months. We tend to pile up data – photos, videos, files, documents and what not! Thankfully, Android Oreo brings per app allocated disk space. When the allocated space on the apps is consumed, the system will start deleting cached files from those apps.
There are three major improvements in Oreo notifications: extra actions available on notification shade; notification dots; and notification channels.
On the notification shade, Android Oreo has added some color to media controls. The background of the media control changes its color as per the album artwork.
You can snooze notifications for the different period; for example, if you are in a short meeting with your boss, just swipe a notification to the side, and there are options to snooze that notification for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or two hours. You can choose the first option of 15 minutes to snooze the notifications.
Notification dots enable you to know that you have some unread notifications for a particular app. The dots appear on the app’s icon in the launcher. When you press and hold the app icon, you can see the notification.
If you receive many notifications on your apps when you don’t pay attention to your phone for a couple of hours, you need to organize notifications in a better way. With Android Oreo 8, you can manage your notifications more efficiently. Notification channels will help you prioritize each distinct type of notification you receive from an app. For example, on your WhatsApp, your Oreo-enabled device will have a separate notification channel for each conversation group created by the user.
#6: Smart text selection
Selection of an address or a phone number has now become more comfortable with Oreo. Google data reveals that most users face difficulty in selecting addresses and phone numbers, as they want to send this information to others. On your Oreo device, simply double-tap the text, the selection will be expanded automatically.
#7: Google Assistant
The deeper integration of Google Assistant into third-party apps on Oreo device will undoubtedly change the way people are using virtual smart assistants. In the race, Google is likely to win as long as Android Oreo is concerned. Earlier, Google Assistant had to combat with robust competitors like Siri, Alexa, and others. Without delving deep into the programmer’s code language, a simple explanation in simple English is better. The third-party apps supporting Android Oreo 8.0 are now enabled to launch and run Google Assistant within them.
Apart from above seven wonders, Android Oreo has introduced a lot of small wonders to impress users.
After spending 18 months on this project, Google has launched a cluster of better-looking emojis and ditched those yellow blobs.
#9: Burger emoji
Foodies can spot the minutest mistake a cook makes. This happened with Google when it launched a burger emoji with a cheese slice below the patty. But in the latest Android Oreo 8.1, the mistake is rectified. Now the cheese slice is above the patty.
#10: App shortcuts
This was introduced in Nougat as well, but in Oreo, app shortcut feature has been improved. The look of the shortcut is improved; moreover, you can access apps’ widgets from the shortcut menu.
Oreo has new settings menu, which has replaced slide-out menu. Users will need some time to get along with the new settings.
#12: Auto-enabled Wi-Fi
Are you near a known or safe Wi-fi network? You don’t need to remember to connect with the ‘friendly’ network. The Android Oreo 8.0 will help you turn off Wi-fi automatically, when you are new high-quality saved networks, like your home or office networks.
#13: Night Light
You can now adjust the intensity of blue light filter when Night Light mode is enabled.
#14: Change app icon’s shape
Without installing any launcher or a theme, you can now change the shape of app icons on your Oreo device. Go to Settings → Change icon shape; and you will find square, rounded square, squircle and teardrop options.
There are many other smaller changes Android has introduced in its Oreo 8.0. I have deliberately omitted them so that you can surprise yourself when you upgrade to Android Oreo. Are you ready to taste the latest Android Oreo?