In what has been a long and anxious wait, the Android naming countdown has now finally ended, only to reveal us with the official name – Android Oreo. The new version of Android is set to roll out to all Google-branded devices starting with the Pixel series and followed by the Nexus line shortly.
However, it has been known to us for quite a while now that the name is going to be Android Oreo. Evan Blass, the tech journalist notorious for leaking details and well-hidden secrets, hinted at the name in quite a few of his tweets, saying:
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an iterative mobile platform version upgrade! pic.twitter.com/izDHLXEJgh
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 20, 2017
— Android (@Android) August 21, 2017
Here are some of the key changes that will affect how you use Android Oreo:
- Picture-in-picture: Android Nougat brought to us split screen multitasking and Oreo takes is one step further by bringing in PiP mode. With PIP, you can watch a video while texting, all at the same time.
- Notification dots: Persistent adaptive dots on app icons that tell you that the app has a notification.
- New emojis: Not sure how we are supposed to feel about that. Personal preference, I guess.
- Smart text selection: Android uses machine learning and AI to automatically detect the type of data that you are trying to copy/paste and formats it accordingly, changing how apps interact with your data.
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