Android lovers can always expect something different from successive releases of the operating system. To whet their appetites, the name given to each release, if nothing else, is typically mouthwatering. Tasty from the beginning, Android users have enjoyed nice ‘bytes’ of Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich even to its latest iteration, Oreo. While there have been many versions in between, rapid improvements are indeed a staple of the Android OS. Today, Oreo is the latest kid on the block and users have every cause to be excited about its features.
Of course, Android fans are no dinosaurs, yet they seem quite hesitant about migrating to the latest version on the device. This trend is already evident in the January 2018 developer statistics which indicate that just about 0.7% of Android devices are on Oreo. Putting this in perspective is a complementary statistic showing that Nougat (the version just before Oreo) has a total share of 26.3%. Sounds good, but it still falls short of the 28.6% market share occupied by Marshmallow, the version before the Nougat. Industry watchers readily opine that Android’s fragmentation is the chief cause of these disparate statistics.
Oreo is still rocking the Android airwaves with scintillating features that should arouse the interest of any smart-phone lover. Imagine being able to use apps without installing them….if you ever wanted that, expect Google to make it happen pretty soon with its Instant Apps. Here are just a few features of the Android Oreo.
This has got to be one of, if not the most, important feature of Oreo. Why? Power ranks as one of the most raised complaints about smartphones (Android is not exempt!). However, the geeks responsible for developing Oreo have taken that into consideration in this version. By placing automatic limits on the activities of background apps, the developers took out the gremlins responsible for draining battery juice. Activities affected include implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. This version even lets users see if an app only consumes battery power while in use or through background activities. So, for users still shy about biting into Oreo, this is certainly a compelling reason to go for it.
This feature is also tagged Neighbour Awareness Networking (NAN). When devices with compatible hardware are within close proximity, this function allows them to communicate efficiently and effectively. The amazing thing about this feature is it does not necessarily rely on internet connection. Collaboration is obviously one of Google’s key thrusts with the Android O.
Anyone who has experienced bootloop will testify to its deeply frustrating effect on the user. Resolving bootloop is typically a headache and serious pain, but again, Android O developers have come to the rescue with Rescue Party. It is configured to ensure recovery once the OS detects repeated app crashes. If recovery fails, the OS will boot into Recovery Mode and give the user an option to carry out a factory reset. There is no specific hardware required for this function to operate. The only thing is, it works with phones running Oreo.
The app icons in Oreo have been designed to automatically adapt to the User Interface (UI) of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). While the icons have typically appeared different in conformity with the brand and manufacturer’s skin, Oreo now provides the opportunity to for a standard format for adapting icons across the board.
Notification Channels and Dots
This is yet another change that is available in Oreo as an innovation from Google. Named Notification Channels and Dots: this feature provides users with the new categories for notifications as well as control over the notifications too. Users can now use channel or even topic to block notifications. In summary, there is more power in the hands of the user to control the use of the smartphone.
Easy Widget Integration
Integrating widgets into the smartphone home screen just got easier with Oreo. While previous versions only permitted the user to trawl through an alphabetical list of widgets to make a selection, Oreo makes it swifter and hassle-free. Simply press the desired app icon and select one of the available widgets from the options provided. As previously mentioned, Oreo makes life simpler and easier for the user.
Ok, there would have been times when users wondered if they could have a feature similar to a split screen. Only, it should not interfere with the working app. So, Oreo has the Picture-in-picture function that allows users to view a video, for example, in a small window unobtrusively. It is expected that several apps will support this function very soon with Duo, YouTube, Netflix and Maps among those on the list.
Animated Clock Icon
Developers noticed in the Android Oreo Beta version of the OS that Google was apparently going to add an animation function to its Google Clock icon. According to the developers, the icon will be able to display current hour, minute and second. This may be new to Android but not to iOS. So, it may be concluded that Android is not prepared to allow iOS continue having a field day with that feature. Perhaps, the thinking is to stop Android lovers from looking with envy at the iOS animated clock icon.
Enhanced Audio Performance
Users can also get ready to enjoy a better audio experience with the native support that Oreo provides for Sony’s Hi-Res Bluetooth audio codec, also known as LDAC. There is obviously a lot of tweaking going on with the bitrate for audio. Given the degree of adjustment and options for sound improvement, the future of sound for Android may be revealed quite evidently in Oreo.
New and Novel Emoji
Did the Google developers consider the rounded shape of Oreo cookies in changing the traditional shape of Android emojis? Perhaps but more importantly, there are so many options to choose from. Looking for star-struck shaped, giraffe, wizard, or even fairy emojis, among many others–Android O apears to have users covered. Stop by our Samsung Melbourne shop to learn more about the different phones on the market and to compare features.