1. Battery life and Performance
It’s the same story with every new Android version release. Google promises better battery life and better performance, and Android Oreo is no different. Although, this time it should be different with Google increasing the automatic limits on what apps can do in the background in a number of key areas (broadcasts, background services, and location updates, for instance).
2. Picture in Picture
Picture-in-picture (PiP) is perhaps the most discussed feature in Android Oreo and it is maybe one of the most useful changes as well. It essentially allows you, users, to watch videos on a small virtual screen while using any other app. So you can finally have YouTube videos playing while you write off an email in another app. Google says that apps will be able to put themselves in Picture in Picture mode so it will most probably be more than just YouTube videos. VLC media player for instance already has the functionality baked in.
3. Improved notifications
Android’s notification management has always been ahead of the competition and with Android Oreo, Google intends to widen that gap. The new version of Android introduces notification channels which will help categorize an app’s notification into different channels. Users can then decide to deal with different kinds of notifications from an app differently.
Another change regarding the way users interact with notifications are notification dots. These are visual indicators on an app’s icon that’ll show if you have any waiting notifications from the app.
4. Better Audio
This is probably not talked about a lot but if you’re a music lover, you’re going to love the new Android Oreo update. It includes Sony’s LDAC codec, which isn’t the Japanese giant’s first donation to Android. This should improve upon the Bluetooth A2DP protocol currently used today. This will essentially pave way for better Bluetooth connectivity and IoT.
5. Bluetooth 5.0
Android 8.0 also adds support for Bluetooth 5.0 meaning faster data transfer speeds, up to four times compared to the previous version of Bluetooth. This will essentially improve efficient parity with Bluetooth connected devices like headphones or any other IoT product
6. Camera app improvements
This does not concern the majority of Android users but those of you who are using a Nexus or a Pixel. Google has spent some time on the camera app and it shows. A new double tap feature lets you quickly zoom in 50% and there’s also a new dedicated video recording button on the camera interface. Previously users had to swipe to access the camcorder which wasn’t very intuitive.
7. Autofill APIs
Google’s Autofill Framework makes its debut on Android Oreo. Google explains: “Android users already depend on a range of password managers to auto-fill login details and repetitive information, which makes setting up new apps or placing transactions easier. Now we’re making this work more easily available across the ecosystem by adding platform support for autofill.”
It essentially lets your favorite password manager app integrate better with the operating system so you can access them just like you would a third-party keyboard.
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