Partnering with Nestle’s “Kit-Kat” for Android version 4.4, Google has now launched its latest version, partnering with Nabisco for using their brand “Oreo”. This could officially be called as the age of the next Android version which is dubbed as “Android Oreo”. It was launched during the official Google launch of the same in the last week of August and has already started making its way onto Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5S and Nexus 6P. This is only setting the precedent for millions of Android smart phones to follow suit.
Android 8.0 Oreo is the 26th version of the world’s most successful operating system. So, what is it that you can really expect from the newest edition of Google’s Android operating system?
Upon a superficial view, you could think that there’s not too much change but on delving deeper and focusing on the fundamentals, you would understand that this particular operating system is a little more nuanced. Let us understand how:
- Google has literally revamped its old notification system, giving it a completely new layout with a new color scheme.
- Your smartphone/tablet Android security has been given an upgrade in the form of a security solution sponsored by Google.
- App background processing is something that has been on Google’s mind for a while and through this version, they have addressed this problem, hopefully giving you more battery life and more consistent performance.
- They have also tackled the problem of updates and update development, with the launch of Project Treble facilitating easier update development and the streaming of updates which have made it easier to install updates for users.
Who can get the Oreo version?
This is a difficult question to answer, it would mostly depend on third-party manufacturers, although all the current generation Android users will get Android Oreo 8.0 version, how soon one can expect this will clearly depend on the biggies like Samsung who are known to take at least 6 months for customizing their stock Android.
Serving a user population of about 2 billion users will be a challenging task but Google has clearly not left its ambitions at the door of this population. A recent initiative called “Android Go” has focused on the developing world, where inexpensive devices and limited access to data and power would need a re-look into how different parts and forms of the Android function.
One of the best parts of the Android Oreo is that it will serve as the foundation for three of the newest Android form factors. It will be incorporated into cars as “Android Automotive” where Google has been working with car manufacturers to integrate Android. Android 8.0 has also been piped to be the base system for “Android Things” which is an “Internet of Things” version of the OS, focusing on their easy management on embedded devices. Finally and this could easily be the most exciting one, Google’s VR “Daydream” has also been designed to launch a new form factor with Oreo: VR Headsets.