It’s official: Android O is Oreo

by Haadi Bakar
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The eighth major release of the Android operating system is officially named Oreo.

Google officially named the O in Android O after the world’s famous chocolate cookie with creamy vanilla filling. It was revealed earlier today at a press event in New York City coinciding with the total solar eclipse in the US.

This official announcement confirms the completion of Android 8. The software has been in developer beta since it’s first preview in March.

Oreo brings improvements to notifications, most notably the addition of tiny dots that appear on each app icon indicating alerts or updates, as well as a cleaner notifications channel.

Android 8 also improves battery life by limiting what apps can do in the background, and the OS boots faster too.

The update also revamped Android’s Settings app to be simpler for both newcomers and experienced users.¬†Other enhancements include autofill, the ability to share files between Android devices without an internet connection, and a new picture-in-picture mode with resizable windows.

Android Oreo will be rolling out to Google Pixel phones and Nexus devices first, but if you happen to own smartphones from other OEMs like Samsung or LG and don’t like waiting, you can get the latest version of Android to your device by enrolling in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

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