Android Oreo is Up!
Android Oreo is the name of the new version of Google’s mega-popular mobile operating system. This is now available for selected devices.
Android Oreo 8.1 is now out on the Essential Phone. This was announced by the company on Twitter. Essential Phone users need only to check their phones and download the update.
Android 8.1 had previously been out on beta for Essential beta testers. They skipped the release of Android 8.0 because of “stability issues”.
This new Oreo version includes fast start up and sign in. This version also has smart text selection and instant apps. It also has the ability to play a windowed video while browsing other tabs. It also has Google Play Protect. This scans apps for malware before and after installation.
But of course not that many people are waiting for the new operating system. It was noted that last month Essential had shipped less than 90,000 phones in the first six months after launch. But if you have an Essential Phone and you want the latest OS check your phone for updates.
Android “Oreo” is the eighth major version of the Android operating system. It was first released as an alpha quality developer preview in March 2017 and released to the public on August 21, 2017.
Oreo focuses primarily on speed and efficiency. Boot time is cut almost in half. The operating system updates tackles pesky background that drains your battery and your data plan.
While it skimps on new visual changes, Oreo packs in some useful design tweaks. Like picture-in-picture mode for multi-tasking. Also notification dots that give you a colorful nudge to check out your notifications.
Since Android Oreo 8.1 has launched, there are even more features to check out.
This makes the upgrade to Google’s latest mobile OS version all the more tempting for those who don’t have a support phone.
The latter jump to 8.1 is not a big update. But it is set to improve performance of devices with 1GB of RAM or less. It has also added a new Neural Networks API to accelerate on-device machine intelligence.