Google announces Android Oreo: here’s what’s inside

Google has formally taken the wraps off of its latest operating system upgrade, Android Oreo.

Following four developer previews and a long trail of name teasing, the new update will be landing soon for Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P and likely many more to come in the near future.

In case you haven’t been following along with the beta, Oreo’s highlighted feature is picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, which puts a miniature display in the corner of your screen so you can watch YouTube, for example, while you stay abreast of your calendar events.

Also new (and very welcome) to Android are notification dots. If you receive a notification that needs some attention, just tap and hold on the app icon and you’ll see a contextual menu pop out right underneath your finger. It’s basically stock Android’s version of 3D Touch.

What’s inside of Oreo?

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Android Oreo takes Doze-like battery-saving to new places by throttling the background use of your apps, which in turn will likely boost the performance of your phone’s battery. We didn’t see much of this working to our benefit during the developer preview, but we’re excited to give this a try with the final build.

Users who have Oreo on their devices will also enjoy a turbo-boosted boot speed. Google reports that its Google Pixel can now boot nearly twice as quickly as it could before. While we’re unsure if this will apply to its older devices that support Oreo, we can only imagine that the Google Pixel 2 will be blazing fast to start up.

Some other minor quality of life improvements include an autofill feature that, with your permission, fills in your personal information to help you log into your apps quickly. Google is finally putting some weight behind its Instant Apps, which allow you to essentially experience a full app without downloading it.

Lastly, Google has overhauled its emoji design and introduced 60 new ones.

The final build of Android Oreo has entered carrier testing (we’re looking at you, Verizon) and should be released soon. If you’ve followed our guide on how to download Android O, the update will automatically hit your device, so there are no steps necessary to upgrade yourself.

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