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Posted By:  ECT News Network on 09/04/2017 in Mobile Tech Development

Android Oreo's New Features Unveiled

Android Oreo's New Features Unveiled

Google pulled the wraps off the latest version of its Android mobile operating system on August 21.

Version 8.0 Oreo has a number of improvements over 7.1 Nougat, the previous release of the OS.

Google has tweaked Android's notification feature, for instance, so when an app has notifications pending, a dot appears in a corner of the program's icon. Press the dot and a window will pop up showing the notifications, which can be cleared with a swipe.

In addition, there's an Instant App feature for entering new apps directly from a browser without any intervening steps.

There's also a new Autofill feature for faster logins to services and apps.

Picture in Picture

Picture in Picture, another new addition, lets you watch a video in a small window on a device's screen while you work on something else, such as a document or email.

In addition, bootup is two times faster than with previous versions of the OS. The new Android minimizes background activity in rarely used apps, which will help extend a device's battery life.

The latest Android supports a wide range of colors and it has better audio. Sony's LDAC codec has been incorporated into the OS, which should improve the Bluetooth A2DP protocol, which is used to communicate with wireless speakers.

There are also some camera improvements in the new Android. Double-tapping the display in the camera app, for instance, takes your shot to 50 percent zoom fast.

A button has been added to toggle between still and video modes.

Enhanced Security

The new OS has a totally revamped set of emojis.

"One of the biggest interface changes by Google is taking steps to make icons more consistent both in size and style, and the addition of badges, which Apple has had in iOS for many years," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.

In addition to notification dots, there are notification channels.

"Opting into notifications is no longer all or nothing," Rubin told LinuxInsider. "You can choose what kinds of notifications to receive, although that's left up to the developer to support."

Security has been beefed up in Oreo, noted Sameer Samat, Google's vice president of product management for Android and Google Play.

Read more about Android Oreo features and analyst viewpoints on the new mobile operating system, in the complete article on LinuxInsider.

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