Google has now announced that Android O will officially be known as Android 8.0 Oreo. It is nothing to be surprised here as the name had already popped up in various past rumors. The official name was revealed during a live stream from New York City and Google even took covers off the Android Oreo mascot statue like it does with every major Android release.
The latest Android 8.0 Oreo comes with a lot of changes and features, both in terms of externally visible aspects and under the hood scenes. Some of the highlighting features include Picture-in-Picture mode, Notification Dots, Google Play Protect, Autofill, Instant Apps support, over 60 new emoji, and background limits for apps. In terms of performance, Google is claiming faster boot speeds which can be twice as fast on Pixel phones. The team has also made sure that battery consumption is more efficient than ever.
While Google announced that Pixel phones along with Nexus 5X and 6P will be getting Android Oreo soon, reports have start to emerge mentioning that OTA update for beta testers is already rolling out. If you were not part of the beta test or simply don’t want to go for the OTA update, you can go for manual installation via Android Orea image files for your particular device. These files are also available for Pixel C tablet and Nexus Player users.
As for other OEMs, Google said:
“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.”
While this does sound promising, we all know how OEMs play along when it comes to releasing latest Android updates. Except for a few handful brands, there are OEMs like Xiaomi which take as long as a year to release the major Android release.