Android Oreo is here!

After months of waiting, Android 8.0 or we can safely call Android Oreo is finally here. Thank god it’s named Oreo after all! Google push the latest successor after all of those developer previews that we as the Nexus/Pixel user have been flashing since the last few months. However, we still have to wait patiently for the OTA or even the factory image. Google has confirmed that build for Pixel and Nexus have entered the carrier testing hinting that OTA should be out soon. Surprisingly this also includes Nexus Player and Pixel C devices.

Back in Google I/O, they have promised to bring feature updates including picture-in-picture mode (pip), new auto fill form with permission, notification dots, Android Instant apps and so much more. What I’m interested in is the performance improvement (doubt it will help my Nexus 5X much). Google promised 2x faster boot up time on Pixel, background limits to help with power and data wastage thus giving more screen on time for you to play within your daily usage.

Google is also working on some security enhancement towards their Google Play by introducing the Google Play Protect. In theory, it will give better protection to us from malicious application. This is very good particularly from my stand viewpoint as a security analyst myself.

Also coming to this patch is the new Emoji face-lift. The overall emoji design is changed to somewhat more rounding face looking rather than the wide bottom that we have been stuck with since Lollipop. Below is the complete list that Google put up on their site earlier this morning.

Android Oreo New Features

Accessibility button
Allows you to quickly access from the navigation bar accessibility features, like magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, like Select to Speak.

Accessibility volume
Accessibility services can optimize the audio experience for users with disabilities.

Adaptive icons
Developers can now provide a full-bleed square shaped icon and OEMs will mask the icon to ensure intra-device consistency.

Ambient screen
Highlights the incoming notification with larger font, highlighted app name and immediate access to actions.

Background execution limits
More control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.

Background location limits
Limits the frequency of location updates in the background for better overall system health.

Deep color
Enables applications to render richer visual content with more vibrant colors and subtler gradients. Supports full color management which allows applications to render images in the format and quality they were intended.

Downloadable fonts
Applications no longer need to bundle custom fonts, which helps reduce their size.

Install unknown apps
Hostile downloader apps can’t operate without permission; users now permit the installation of APKs per-source.

Integrated printing support
Compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.

Linkable files
API that allows you to share files across the Internet via web links.

Native C/C++ API for high-performance audio
API function for high-performance audio including Native C/C++ audio API.

Notification categories
More granular and consistent control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.

Notification snoozing
Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing.

Pointer capture
Pointer capture allows the app to capture all mouse input.

Project Treble
The biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates.

TextView autosizing
Developers can now let the size of their text expand or contract automatically based on the size and characteristics of the TextView, making it much easier to optimize the text size on different screens or with dynamic content.

Tooltips
Support for tooltips (small popup windows with descriptive text) for views and menu items.

Wi-Fi Assistant
Auto-connects you to high quality open WiFi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google.

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