This is becoming even more interesting, it’s been a year now since Google gave birth to Android 7.0 (Mr. Nougat), and since it did really great (still doing great), it needs a younger and a la mode brother. In other words, a new Android version.
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Though it’s yet to be released, this newborn is named Oreo. Yeah… Could mean the really delicious black outside, white inside cookie. You ask me, I’d say it’s the cookie ‘cause with what I’m seeing here, it’s really gonna be delicious.
On the surface, there’s not so much difference between Mr Nougat and Mr Oreo. The UI (User Interface) has been slightly tweaked, we know Google has been improving on their design and you’ll surely get a different User Experience (UX) although each mobile company would have spiced it up with their special skins.
The notable difference however, is what Google named Project Treble. At first, I thought it’s kind of a music stuff but Alas, far from it. This only means this OS will function differently from its older brothers in the sense that it will support softwares for a longer period of time. This may not seem like a big deal but it is. Its ability to run even older and newer software versions gives a “time-traveller” feel.
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With the Project Treble being the major feature in this version, other features lineup behind it as we’ve probably seen some of them in certain devices before. These include:
Picture-in-Picture: Seen in iPad pro, this feature lets you run certain programs (videos, maps) on top any other program you are running. You can watch video tut while practising it.
More on Project Treble: Allows longer software support timeframe. Also lets manufacturers deliver software updates quicker and longer.
Faster boot time: Google claims the Oreo could boot two-times faster than the Nougat.
Background Restriction: Seems Mr Oreo is a “Mr no nonsense” man. Backgrounds apps are kept in check so as to deliver even longer battery life.
New Notifications Management.
Auto fill for 3rd parties.
Smart text Selection.
Redesigned ambient screen.
Reorganized settings menu.
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That’s mainly all I know for now. Though I must tell you not to expect this update on your device so soon. As of now, it’s only available for Google’s Pixels and Nexuses. Devices in the Nexus series will receive updates while the next Pixels will run Android 8 from factory.
If at all you’ll be able to upgrade to this software, it might a while (talk of weeks, months) for your device makers to tweak it to run perfectly on your devices. While there’s much hope for Nougat devices, I don’t think any device running Marshmallow stands a chance here. However, if you want a feel of the Oreo so soon, you might want to consider switching to any Google’s recent device.
That’s all for now concerning the Oreo. As soon as there are upgrades for some devices, I’ll try to post the news here. That should happen before Xmas anyway.
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