14 New Features in Android Oreo

14 Best New Features in Android Oero
14 Best New Features in Android Oreo

The Android Oreo name is for Android 8.0 and it’s Google that gives such delicious and sweet names to its Android OS in 2009 Google dubbed Android 1.5 with the delicious codename Cupcake. Then the company tried to maintain that snack-related naming scheme ever since and in 2013 when Android KitKat was revealed.

If you are interested in having Oreo then it goes by its looks and name and is caramelized inside with many new features which will really make your Android mobile work much faster.

Here are the 14 best new features in Android Oreo

1. It will have new emojis

The new emojis have been designed by Google and now look more cartoonish. It is easier to decipher exactly what each face is intended to convey. You will no longer have that blob emojis and will have fun with new emojis. New emojis include a wizard, a dinosaur, a fairy, and an exploding head for when you hear how long your Oreo update is delayed for.

2. Picture in Picture Mode for Videos

With Android Oreo, you can continue a video call from Duo. Or watch a video started in Chrome using the picture-in-picture mode. Using it is simple and you need to just tap the home button when the video is playing and Oreo takes care of the rest. You can do it in any app in the background as long as app developers decide to support it. It works in Chrome for Android already: Just make any video full-screen, hit the Home button, and you’ve got a PIP window.

Picture in Picture Mode for Videos
Picture in Picture Mode for Videos

3. Will have App Shortcuts and Widgets

Starting with Android Nougat, users could long-press on an app icon to use app shortcuts for common tasks. With Oreo, the look of shortcuts has been refined, and you can now access an app’s widgets from the shortcut menu as well as its info screen.

4. Comes with New Settings Menu

The Settings app has once again been redesigned. The slideout menu is gone, and settings have been recategorized. This is going to take some getting used to, no doubt. Also, Quick Settings tiles get a new look and icons yet again.

5. Smart Text Select

Instead of fiddling with text selection tools, Google is adding smart text selection to Android Oreo.  Basically, Oreo will identify things like addresses or phone numbers on its own. Double-tap the text to auto-highlight what you need to copy, or use the new app shortcut next to the Copy button to speed up the interaction.

Android Oreo- New Features- Widgets

6. Scanning Apps for Safety

To reassure users, Google is making its security measures more prominent throughout Android Oreo. This menu is found in the Settings app under Security, where you can view how often apps are scanned and when they were last scanned. Presumably, this section will also help you deal with an app Oreo deems unsafe. Google Play Protect is not just available for Oreo users, with Google recently announcing availability across all Android devices.

7. Auto-enable Wi-Fi

If you disable Wi-Fi when you’re away from home, you’ll never have to remember to turn it back on again. Android Oreo offers the option to have Wi-Fi turn back on when you’re near a known, safe Wi-Fi network, such as your home.

8. New Battery Settings

Android Oreo battery usage stats are getting a little more granular. When you view an app’s usage stats, it now includes how much battery was due to active use or in the background and a lot of this should happen behind the scenes, so all you will see in theory is your battery lasting for a longer stretch.

Android Oreo- New Features- Battery

9. Night Light Slider

You can adjust the intensity of the blue light filter when using Android’s Night Light mode. Now no more eye strains when playing games on mobile during the night.

10. Shortcuts to the Camera

The camera app bundled with Oreo has a couple of minor tweaks that might make a major difference to your photo and video taking in the future. First, you can double-tap on the screen to zoom in 50 per cent (and double-tap again to zoom out); second, you can switch between photo and video modes by tapping on the icons rather than awkwardly swiping, finally.

11. Change the Shape of App Icons

You can now adjust the shape of app icons without installing a theme or launcher. Currently, there are four different options (left to right): square, rounded square, squircle and teardrop. Find the setting with a long press on the home screen and tap Settings. It’s unclear if the ability to change the shape of app icons in Oreo will end up being limited to the Pixel launcher, or if it’s a feature coming to all Oreo devices.

12. Sync all your Data

Chrome has synced data across devices for a while now, but Android Oreo is expanding that with a new Autofill feature. With your permission, it allows the syncing of app logins, credit card details, addresses and other information between devices and inside apps like your mobile browser.

Android Oreo- New Features

13. Notification Dots

Notification badges aren’t just for iOS now. Starting with Oreo, Notification Dots appear on an app icon when you have a pending alert. Also, you have the option to disable them. Oreo lets apps display notification badges on their home screen icons too: From Settings tap Apps > notifications then Notifications to find the toggle switch. The badges need to be enabled by developers too, so you might not see them in all apps straight away. With Android Oreo, you can snooze notifications with a quick swipe and tap. If you have a text message or email you want to deal with later, swipe to the right of the notification until you see the clock icon. Tap on the clock, select the amount of time you want to snooze it for and then go back to what you were doing.

14. Autofill Passwords in Apps

Google is extending its autofill tech beyond Chrome and into apps. It will let Google fill in your credentials and log you into the app. Password managing apps, such as 1Password, will also have the option to support autofill within apps

So get all these 14 best features you will have to have an Android phone obviously. If you’re using one of Google’s own mobile devices, such as the Pixel or Nexus, that run the cleanest and most basic version of Android, you’ll be among the first to get Oreo. But if your smartphone has its own carrier-themed skin or front end, it could be several months before you’re able to get your hands on all the new features. Android Nougat, the last major version of the OS which came out a year ago, is only installed on about 14 per cent of Android phones on the market. So you need a little patience till you get it soon.

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