Android has finally launched its newest version 8.0 and has named it Oreo. Just like the name itself, the new version has many surprises. Android 8.0 has a ton of great features like picture-in-picture, auto-fill, Google Play protect, faster boot time and much more.
Android has been working closely with its partners, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei and more and by the end of this year, Android devices are scheduled to be upgraded to version 8.0.
What’s in Android Oreo?
With Oreo, the developers at Android have focused on making Android all the more powerful and easy to use.
Picture-in-picture: lets users manage two tasks simultaneously on any size screen.
Notification dots: extend the reach of notifications and offer a new way to surface activity in your apps.
Autofill framework: simplifies how users set up a new device and synchronize their passwords. Autofill will roll out fully over the next few weeks as part of an update to Google Play Services.
Oreo is also more invested in Android vitals, which is a project focused on improving battery life and other such system functionalities.
System optimizations: helps apps run faster and smoother.
Background limits: New limits on background location and wi-fi scans and changes in the way apps run in the background.
Complementary Android Vitals dashboards and IDE profilers: In the Play Console, you can now see aggregate data about your app to help you pinpoint common issues like frozen screens or slow rendering.
For developers, Android has enhanced capabilities to help them develop better.
Autosizing text view: Use auto sizing TextView to automatically fill a TextView with text, regardless of the amount.
Fonts in XML: You can now use fonts in XML layouts and define font families in XML.
Downloadable fonts and emoji: With downloadable fonts, you can load fonts from a shared provider instead of including them in your APK.
Adaptive icons: You can now create adaptive icons that the system displays in different shapes, based on a mask selected by a device manufacturer.
Shortcut pinning: Now you can let users add and pin shortcuts and widgets to the launcher from within your app.
Wide-gamut color for apps: Imaging apps can now take full advantage of new devices that have a wide-gamut color capable display.
WebView enhancements: We’ve enabled WebView multiprocess mode by default and added an API to let your app handle errors and crashes.
Java 8 Language APIs and runtime optimizations: Android now supports several new Java Language APIs, including the new java.time API.