Android Oreo 8.1 Is Now Out

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.

Jelly Bean by Android to arrive sooner than expected?

Google likes its teasers, but they have been known to slip as well. They are usually quick to act, but not quick enough to prevent an over excited user from taking a screenshot of the juiciest news in the Android OS development.

There are tons of people who laughed at the term “Jellybean” for the next update to Google’s Android OS. Still, Google may have liked the idea and used it in the next update.

What proof do we have? There were people who were loading up their shopping carts with the Galaxy Nexus last Thursday. As you know, items to be purchased online would usually come with a description. The description line described in the Galaxy Nexus is: The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” . Consider us shocked!

This new description may have been prematurely uploaded and not just a tease or mistake. Next week will be the week of Google I/O. There are now stronger speculations that Jelly Bean will then be announced to the world. This would come with the much anticipated  Galaxy Nexus 7 inch tablet. If the speculations will ring true, the new tablet will come out sporting the new update code named Jelly Bean.

This will come with mixed emotions. Why? Because thinking positively, this is a “Yay!” moment, as we are about to be graced with the next beautiful update to Android OS. This could potentially be another solidifying blow against its major competitors, if done right. Negatively, it’s a tad too soon for many people. It might build frustration for those users who are still waiting on the ICS updates that were promised to compatible devices.

ICS has barely penetrated the market, and here we are again. Much like how a lot of people on Froyo were frustratingly waiting for Gingerbread, while ICS got announced and released. This may just be the cycle of updates that Google envisions. Before the previous OS even begins to scratch the surface, they come out again with a totally new and unattainable update for most people.

I don’t want to complain. I really want to look forward to the latest and greatest from Google’s Android. I just wish that if they are going to release a new OS like Jelly Bean, they should at least make sure to coordinate with their manufacturers, so that not too many people lag behind in the experience. They are already disliked, due to the lack of updates for capable phones, they shouldn’t agitate people further. That is what drives customers away.

Well, ranting aside, there is a lot of guesswork that clouds this new update. The leaks about the Jelly Bean Android OS have been very scarce. It’s difficult to be sure at what it is exactly they are putting in the new Android OS. Will it be a Siri breaker? Will Chrome finally be the default browser? Will we finally get a more integrated cloud storage system? Who knows? Maybe this will just be a stability update. All we know is the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Nexus Tab is coming, and they are promised to be the first to enjoy this new update. Hooray for Nexus users!

What about you? What do you want to come out of the box? Time to place your bets as Google I/O starts this Tuesday.

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