International Edu News: Autistic Children to benefit from new Digital Healthcare Apprentice Support   |  International Edu News: Professor Sir Michael Berry to receive Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award  |  Policy Indications: Urban Areas Become Centres Of Biodiversity: Macquarie University  |  Parent Interventions: Study highlights failure to recognise risks of epilepsy drug in pregnancy  |  Parent Interventions: Teenage behaviour determines people’s health in later life  |  Parent Interventions: Housing wealth matters for children’s mental health  |  Teacher Insights: Teachers’ wellbeing largely unaffected by lockdown  |  Science Innovations: Covid-19: How machine learning can help to future-proof clinical trials  |  Leadership Instincts: Cambridge researcher named to Time 100 list of world's most influential people   |  International Edu News: Record state school admissions at Oxford  |  International Edu News: Oxford launches online consent programme for students  |  Leadership Instincts: Innovation Conversations; the Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards 2020  |  Career News: Work Culture  |  Education Information: Department of Biotechnology launches a new programme  |  Science Innovations: Department of Biotechnology launches a new programme  |  
August 22, 2017 Tuesday 02:45:40 PM IST

New Android 'Oreo' version released

Technology Inceptions

San Francisco : The next version of Google's mobile operating system 'Android Oreo' that has been rolled out in the US is packed with never-before-seen features and improvements in its various tools.

'Android Oreo' features a new picture-in-picture mode, new notification dots to the Operating System (OS) and improvements to Bluetooth audio playback, Google's Android website posted in a blog on Tuesday.

Recently-launched premium smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and HTC U11 are expected to see the software updates before the end of this year.

Around 85 per cent of Android devices used, according to the latest numbers, have not upgraded to Android Nougat that was released last year. The new Android OS was released in conjunction with the 2017 solar eclipse.


The update is currently undergoing carrier testing for Pixel phones and the Nexus 5X and 6P. The new OS is expected to be two times faster than 'Nougat' and also helps minimise background activity in the apps that are used less. 'Android Oreo' lets a user see two apps at once and makes multitasking convenient.

For example, if you are watching a video on YouTube and have to respond to an email simultaneously, all you need to do is press the home button and that will shrink the video tab to a corner while you write a response.

The feature is called picture-in-picture (PIP), and it's already available in Samsung Galaxy phone and Moto Z2 Play. 'Android Oreo' also makes copy-paste job easier. A user would just need to long press or double-tap anywhere on the text to select it. 

On the security front, Android Oreo makes the scan of apps more obvious while downloading them to ensure a user that they are safe to use. It also auto-connects a the phone to a high quality open Wi-Fi and secures the connection with a VPN back to Google.


Oreo's accessibility button allows users to quickly access from the navigation bar accessibility features, like magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, like 'Select to Speak'.

Comments