Google Introduces Android 8.0 Oreo

Google Introduces Android 8.0 Oreo
The next version of Google's Android should be faster, more convenient, and harder to hack.

(CCM) — Google has finally taken the wraps off Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest release of its mobile operating system. Formerly known only as Android O, Oreo is "smarter, faster, and more powerful" than all previous versions of Android, according to Sameer Samat, Google's VP of product management for Android.

One new feature is the "picture-in-picture" mode, which allow users to view two apps at once — making it possible to check a schedule while taking part in a video call, for example. Another feature called "notification dots" attempts to tackle the problem of users becoming overwhelmed by too many application notifications. The new feature allows users to block some types of notifications from individual apps while allowing others. In earlier versions of Android it is only possible to block all or allow all notifications from individual apps.

Google has also beefed up the security of its Android platform in Oreo by building in "Google Play Protect." This actively scans the device it runs on and is updated automatically. Google has also introduced tighter app install controls to help prevent malware being introduced onto devices.

The company has made the open source Android Oreo code available today, and versions for the Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P have entered carrier testing. Oreo updates for devices made by manufacturers including Essential, HMD Global, Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung are scheduled to be available by the end of the year.

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