Google Inc., arguably the world’s largest company, and the most valued one as well, is the pioneer of the world’s favourite OS, the Android. With the best coding methods and an open source license, Android has kept people’s hearts captured. Currently, the latest OS from Android is the Nougat v7.1.1. However, Google surprised everyone with their release of the Android 8.0 ‘beta’, which means everyone with a compatible Nexus or a Pixel device will be able to download and try the latest Android version. The bigger news is that the company has reportedly fixed the name that it’ll be naming the 8.0 with – Oreo.
This isn’t much surprising as Google has been naming all of its Android releases after world sweets, after alpha and beta, and has been one of the key factors behind the popularity of the OS. According to the latest reports and according to expert analysts and critics, Google’s actions at the Google I/O strongly hinted that Google has finalised that they’ll be naming the Android 8.0 as ‘Oreo’. And naming the OS so is also more than just obvious – there are many reasons behind them doing this. First, ‘Oreo’ is a big name in the world of desserts. The entire world is a big a fan of the chocolate cookies paired with milk cream at the center. Second, when Google had partnered with Nestle and named the Android v4.4.0 KitKat, it had worked out very well for both the companies and the OS too gained a lot of popularity.
Google may repeat this with Android 8.0, and this indeed a very good tactic to market a new product. Android v8.0, apart from being named after another popular confectionery, has some very strong updates lined up under the hood. Android 7.0 had brought major changes in the UI and the way users would interact with their devices, including a dedicated gesture for accessing google assistant, split screen working as a native feature, some notification area changes, and other minor changes.
Android 8.0 would feature most of its updates intended for making application development easier. It is being regarded as an OS being developed specially for developers, with most of its changes being made to suit developers and help them make the most of the Android’s computing power. Apart from that, there are some radical changes expected in the GC calling sector. This will help developers call the GC and optimise the use of RAM, eventually resulting in a smoother performance due to more efficient memory management.
On the UI part, Android ‘O’ will feature an abridged version of the picture-in-picture; the window in window, notification dots (will allow you to see past notifications by an app by simply long pressing the app shortcut, autofill in menu and smart text selection (will recognize names, addresses and phone numbers). Most of the updates are simply improved versions of the current updates that have been implemented in the Android v7.0.
Be what may, Google has really surprised everyone by releasing the beta version suddenly. They had earlier released the developer’s version for testing and other coding purposes in March – the beta version will let users go on using their phones like normal, and will also be used to identify any bugs and/or issues before the OS is officially released in August, September by latest.