Google recently conducted the Google I/O annual conference and made an announcement that the next version of Android ecosystem, the Android 8.0 ‘O’ will be launched by coming September commercially. There has been a developer preview released a few days ago for testing purposes, but that may not be used for day-to-day life yet. A proper update will start rolling later on this year. There are a lot of new features that we can expect the new OS to incorporate.
The next operating system is still under development, and many features are yet to be implemented and successfully tested but we have been assured that further developer previews will be released soon and by the time, the final OS is ready for a rollout, we will get a lot of applications, already optimised for the next Android. However, despite a release somewhere around August/September, most of the brands and manufacturers will get their updates later on.
The first devices to get Android 8.0 update, or the ones that will ship straight with it are Nexus and Pixel devices. Other manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Sony, Moto, etc. will get their updates later on via either downloadable update from the website or as a part of an OTA update. Existing Pixel and Nexus devices will get an update for downloading soon after the official release.
The next version of Android will feature most of the updates under the hood. A lot of features, such as Fonts w/ XML support, Java 8 APIs, Autofill API Improvement, etc. are in line with the new update. These updates are focussed on the developers’ community, as they have demanding radical changes in the way they can program their applications; this will eventually benefit end users as they get a better UI, smoother apps, lower data consumption, and more battery efficient performance.
But Android 8.0 is not only about under-the-hood improvements. There are many an update remaining to be implemented and have been in the pipeline for a long time now. Although Nougat did bring some good changes, such as notification area, split window, etc. and incorporated them as a native feature, they weren’t enough, and the demands weren’t met completely. Android 8.0 will bring in those features in it, some as native features, some as not.
However, the features are intriguing. We have the picture-in-picture, an option that was asked for very strongly and the one that will be extremely useful for users; being an advanced version of the multi-window, this will let the user define the amount of space to grant for each application they want to use. Another useful feature is the appearance of notification dots on the apps that have pending notifications. All you have to do is long press the application icon, and you’ll see all the notifications from that app. Other features such as smart text selection, enhanced autofill, better battery saver algorithms, etc. are in line.
Overall, we’re looking at ever better designs of the Android ecosystem; the developers are dedicated to making it bigger and better for the customers. Oh! And by the way, Google will name the next version “Oreo”.