Google on Monday has announced the availability of the Android 8.0 Oreo for Pixel and Nexus devices, but just in the Android Beta program.
A ton of great features and changes are coming with this newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, such as integrated instant Apps, picture-in-picture, Google Play Project, autofill, faster boot time and many more. Android Beta users will have access to the update to Android 8.0 Oreo and download and flash images manually.
Dave Burke, VP Engineering (Android) at Google, also said in an Android Developers Blog that they are working closely with partners and non-Google flagship devices from Huawei, LG, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Essential, Kyocera, Motorola, Sharp, Samsung, and Sony are expected to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of this year.
As of Google releasing the first Android O developer preview on March 21st, 2017, it has been through four updates over the past year. A large group of enthusiasts are eager for some key features and changes arriving in Oreo. According to Dave Burke, Android 8.0 Oreo has gotten much better in delivering fluid experiences, which is of great importance to Android’s powerfulness and ease-of-use.
For a long time, Android operating system has been complained about standby battery drain issues. Android 8.0 Oreo introduces a number of battery-saving techniques that set limits on background location and WiFi scans while changing the way that apps run in the background, thus preventing unintentional overuse of battery as well as memory.
To help developers build better, more efficient apps, Android 8.0 Oreo is added a suite of advanced tools. For example, the autosizing TextViews can be used for expanding the text size and automatically filling the contract layout.
Importantly, Android 8.0 Oreo has made remarkable progress in improving the ease-of-use. The new Picture-in-Picture mode makes it possible for users to deal with two tasks simultaneously on the same screen, regardless of the size an Android device comes with. Also, users can take advantage of the Notification Channels to create a category for every type of notification they want to display. Moreover, an Autofill Framework is coming to Android 8.0 Oreo. It enables an app to create and manage its lists of auto-fill data, which will then be populated into password fields by Android 8.0 Oreo once it is proven to be appropriate.
Given many Android device makers outside the United States lack focus on the US market, it’s impossible to judge a timeline for the availability of Android 8.0 Oreo in different mobile devices. According to Google’s statistics, Android 7.0 and above only account for 13.5 percent of the Android operating system market. Most Android devices are still running with Android 5.1 or 6.0 versions.