Android 8.0 Oreo Into Gear:Complete Review On Android 8.0 Oreo
As the Google releases major Android updates each year, this time the Google has released its latest Android, the Android Oreo for 2017 and 2018. The update is packed with awesome new updates and cool visuals.
the latest Android 8.0 Oreo is the most pleasant major Android version yet. The Oreo is visually study, simplified, rich in features and cleaned. It is clearly designed to make out audience on wide range, from all kind of Android fans with its huge features set and advanced customizations, to grand the iPhone switcher or tech debutante with its simplified layout and experience.
Definitely the latest Android Oreo is for everybody, I’m sure….
At many stages Android updates included features and visuals from alternative launches and Custom ROMs to provide extreme things on the OS itself. And always Google puts more attention on battery life, Security, user compatibility and performance. The latest Android fulfill all these condition to make the lead with all other previous Android versions.
Android 8.0 Oreo is really a great version of Android built, fresh from Google’s workshop. The latest Android Oreo is an expanded Android version ever build and it is very stable, feature rich and functional. The OS is developed usability and much improvements.
The following review is parted into four portions as visuals of Oreo, features, access and Smart things of Oreo…
1. Visual aspects of Android Oreo
When we compare with the Android Nougat, the latest Android Android Oreo is not built with many visual changes, but still the Latest Android looks awesome. This all new Android OS is becoming everyone’s favorite one.
The Setting menu is the right place to start speaking about the visuals, as the Settings menu of the latest Android has been completely redesigned from what we saw for past few years. Main part with the Settings App in Android Oreo is, the size of the app is extremely reduced from all previous Android versions and still packs with lots of awesome new options under larger categories.
The plus point with this is, the Settings menu is very short now. While the basic settings like Wi-Fi and all requires more clicks to be accessed, but you can access such kinds in the Quick Settings and the notification bar.
- Network and Internet category covers all Wi-Fi, Mobile Network, Data Usage, VPN, Airplane mode, Hotspot and Tethering.
The downside of this tiny latest Android change is, that in some cases it is hard to find some settings till you get used to it and some settings has been replaced with some brief summary and some not. Even with all these categories everything is very simple to get to. This time Google considered and made on more advanced options in the drop down menu.
- In the display Settings you will be able see only four options: Brightness, Night Light, Adaptive Brightness and Wallpapers. Tap the Caret which is next to the Advanced though and then you will see expanded settings with, Display timeout, Screen resolution, Font and Display size, Screen Saver and so many.
Same lightening up of the UI is also felt in the Quick Settings and notifications in the latest Android as the previous versions did. Swipe down for the notifications shade and in the top you would see the six toggle icons in the gray background, to keep things more visual compatible with the latest Android there is a white notification cards below them. On the top of the toggles there you can see carrier info, status bar icons, battery percentage and time, as the date is now shown below the toggles in the latest Android.
Simply swipe down again and you will be shown the full quick settings area, this settings are tabbed if there are more than 9 options. As from Android Nougat, many of the toggles here in the latest Android are simply enabled and disabled in the settings, something like flashlight, Airplane mode and Battery Saver. But other options like Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb and Bluetooth opens in a mini menu, you can make choices and minor changes without getting far from the Quick Setting area.
Also with the latest Android you has the ability to arrange the Quick Settings according to your wish. This will make effect in the on/off toggles at the notifications and still, the long pressing of an icon will take you to the full settings for more control as the previous Android versions do.
Now the Google has well organized the notification cards in the latest Android. When you have notification cards overloaded, some cards will be placed on the screen and the less of them will show App icons in the bottom of the screen. When you expand and shrink notifications, those icons down there will pop into full size notification cards and pop back as little icons again to the down tray.
The Persistent notifications, the Apps that runs in the background like Password Managers. Weather, Tasker and so on will appear in very minimal notifications, it has to be expand to get more information. Even, multiple notifications also bundled to one to one as in the Android Nougat. And for the supported apps there is still the quick replay option on board.
For the music fans, now the notification shade adopts the color of the album artwork, and this will be reflected in the lock screen either.
The launcher experience in the latest Android is pretty much the same as the previous versions did, but when you are in the App drawer, you can simply access by simply swiping anywhere on the home screen and you will see the navigation buttons change from white to black to provide better visibility. Also long pressing the home button in the latest Android will take you to the options to change the wallpaper, add widgets and home screen settings.
In home screen settings of the latest Android you obtain the ability to enable and disable App suggestions at the top of the App drawer, such as on or off Google Now, enable or disable screen rotation, make the choice whether to add icons of new installing Apps on your home screen or to not, and with all these, there are two new settings added with the latest Android Oreo: Notification dots and Adaptive icons. You will get to know both these option while reading the article as I have explained them below.
Adaptive icons are one of the simplest way that Google has picked up to increase the stability with the latest Android version to provide the users a great Android experience. Normally developers create the icons bigger than what is required for the OS background, this is masked according to various designs and shapes to make more awesome look to the App icons on the devices.
The best part with the Oreo’s adaptive icons feature is you can decide what shape you would like to be shown. There are some options System Default, Square, Round, Rounded Squire, Squircle and Teardrop.
In the idea of future proofing the visual path of the latest Android is added with some new features to fight with time. As in all previous versions of Android, the maximum screen ratio was 86:1, this is usually the widescreen cinematic standards. Now in Oreo there is no longer maximum aspect ratio, the maximum ratio is always the devices aspect ratio. Now the requirement here is the Apps has to be developed to support this update.
Support For wide color range Apps
The latest Android Oreo has built in support for wide color range Apps. Basically with a HDR capacitive display, you can view really a huge rage of colors. There are not much devices to provide support with these kind of display yet in the market. But for sure this number will increase with the upcoming Android Phones, while the latest Android Oreo is rolling around.
Android Easter Egg and Emoji
Now finally, everyone’s favorite Android Easter egg and emoji. As it was on the final Android O developer preview, the latest Android O Easter egg is an Octopus. This Octopus on the screen changes the sizes while you rotate the device and it can be dragged all over the screen.
Also the Android Oreo provides you awesome new circular emoji to make the conversions more interesting.
The hope has come true in with the latest Android Oreo, as the Google is now giving its attention on tiny features. Lightening up the UI, introduction of adaptive icons and emoji is not that big deal, but all these to gather get us an awesome Android experience with the latest Android. Compressing the settings menus, moving around the icons and persistent notifications makes the Oreo stands out as more usable one. And then adding a full color range support at the same time it removes the maximum visual aspect ratios still makes it more awesome.
We make sure that upcoming Android Phones give you really great experience with all these cool stuff.
2. Control Features of Oreo
The latest Android Oreo is more focused on assuming a great control ever than previous Android versions did. Whether it is Google’s break or the user has more power to limit what Apps can access and how the notifications want to be handled, Oreo as it all in it.
What is new in the latest Android Oreo is, it has the ability to Snooze notifications. Swipe a part of the notification, then you will notice two icons appear. One will lead to take it to the notification channel settings for a specific App and the other will let you set a timer for the notification to reappear. In this option the timer is default on one hour, you can change it to 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Another main part of Android Oreo is the handling of notifications, the Notification Channels. Apps that targets to work on the latest Android Oreo must have the ability support with Notification channels, the Apps that does not support will show notifications as in current Android OS. At this situation it is up to users to provide a channel for those Apps in which category should it be notified and how it should notify.
When you are in the notification settings for a specific App, you will obtain various options to get with, such as disable entire notifications, notification dots or flip the switch in each notification channel to see what the App developer has identified with the Apps. Some apps has less and some will have more options.
Every notification channel provide you common choices: Disable it entirely, Take it as it is and Fine-tune it the way you like. For the first two choices, you just has to flip the switch on or off, but for the third option you will have to tap on the channel name and you will get to select with various options including setting according to the importance on the notification channel. This includes the urgent settings. Also the notification sounds are associated with the notification channels and either you can enable and disable vibrations on each and every channel.
To make this settings on every notification channel and for each and every App on your device will be a hard task but the thing matters here is that, this option survives on the latest Android and you can have total control over it. Making use of the notification channels is a step by step process. You may start from the built in settings and limit them one by one to make use of it. Extreme users may have to spend on a day arranging these stuffs.
Picture-in-Picture mode (PIP)
The Picture-in-Picture mode is one of the Flagship feature for the latest Android Oreo, previously the feature was performing on Android TV and this time it is for mobile devices either. Firstly for video player in which you watch videos from internet browser like Google Chrome or something, the PIP lets you to keep watching the content in a minimal floating screen while working on something else. This is something like the split screen, it is also return in the new Android 8.0 Oreo.
Also in supported Apps, getting back to the home screen will keep the video playing in a movable window in the corner of the screen. At this point, you can drag the video around the screen and keep it where ever you want it to be, tap to control video playbacks and also make it full screen to watch. For sure, you can also turn down this feature if you don’t like it on a specific App. It is simple, go to the App in Question in App info page or get to Special App access section in the Settings > Apps and Notifications to get know about all Apps supports with the PIP.
Background Execution limits
The Background execution limits are one of the way that Google is planned to keep up the performance of the devices by limiting the background progresses in the latest Android. As we all know, various Apps keeps running in the background to provide services and quick information or to track activities and so on. But you know this things drains your device battery and performance. The Google has provided a solution with Background Execution limits for this problem.
By default these limits will be applied only for the Apps developed focusing Android Oreo, but you get the ability to enable limits for any of the Apps by visiting the Battery Usage section in the App info page and turn the toggle for Background activity off.
Google Play Protect
On the latest Android Oreo, the Google Play Protect will let you know whether the App is certified by Google Play team, even before installing the App on to your device. Also the Google Play Protect is always up to date by scanning everything on Google Play Store.
As the same in Nougat, Oreo also creates a note on App info page that from where each App was installed. Formally, enabling the Unknown Sources is the only action to install apps from anywhere else, but this also has been protected by Google Play Protect. Even after enabling Unknown Sources, the Google Play Protect will scan the App for protection. However you can still bypass this security. You can access to Google Play Protect by going to Settings > Google > Security.
Find My Device
Now in the latest Android Oreo the Android Device manger is known as Find My Device. This is the much easier way to track your Device, also locking or cleaning up your lost device is easy with this option. You can access to Find My Device by going to Settings > Google > Security.
Special App Access
You still have the power to control over App permissions given to every App on your device, whether it is by permission category or on per-app basis. But now you have the ability to monitor special App access settings. For example you get the ability to display over other Apps, have unrestricted data access, use PIP mode or to modify system settings. These kind of settings are not for everyone but it is awesome with the latest Android Oreo.
Vitals is another try by Google to enhance the system performance and strength. This includes OS optimizations, Security tools and many more tools for developers to monitor their App performance and usages on the OS. Again, all these analytics meant for the developers to optimize their Apps for the devices in order to avoid unnecessary load on your device and provide great battery life and smooth performance.
Eventually, the Android’s Accessibility Options gets you a skillful new settings menu area in the latest Android, here you get the chance to enable a shortcut for accessibility settings, and you can make it by starting from the lock screen. You just have to simply choose the preferred service on the accessibility, whether it is Talkback, Select to Speak or Switch Access and then press and hold the both volume up and down buttons to enable and disable this service. You can also add up a preset accessibility button to the on screen navigation area.
3. Quicker Accesses of Oreo
Always the Google wants to provide the most suitable information for the users when it needed, as from Google Now to Google Assistant. All Android versions had great improvements and cool features than the previous versions and when it comes to the latest Android Oreo, it has made the highest improvements than all Android versions.
Here we start from the notification Dots. Notification Dots are the Google’s response for unread notices. A small color matching dot will appear on the top of the Apps to let you know there are unread notifications on the specific App, this is an extra alert for you to get through the missed notification. These dots will appear on both the Home Screen and the App Drawer, a long press on dot appearing App will show you a short preview of the unopened notifications. You can also take action from the mentioned short preview itself.
Whenever you long press on an App anywhere in the latest Android Oreo, it will also show you App-Specific launcher shortcuts to make things even faster. This will appear even when there are no notification dots for the App and it will show you variety of common App actions.
- On Twitter it might show you Search, tweet and send a DM.
- On Gmail it might be Compose or jump straight to a specific account
As you all know that long pressing an App icon is always the fastest way to get access with a specific part of an App.
Smart text selection
Another great speed increasing feature on the latest Android is the Smart text section feature. This will surely be pretty much familiar for those who regularly translated foreign languages on Android Nougat or Marshmallow, but with Android Oreo it has become even smarter. At the same time Translates and Web Searches are extracted before the overflow menu at the moment you highlight a section of text. The latest Android Oreo not only identifies the phrases that you want to highlight, instead it also recognizes where and which App the text is going to be taken to, this is analyzed according to your activities.
Oreo can learn your sharing habits
Getting to know next is, the latest Android has the ability to learn your sharing habits. On a beginning level the Smart sharing connects all your Apps with activities. As for example, this will study to insert a photo with a specific receipt to an expense app or share a selfie on the messenger and socials media Apps. Anyhow this feature will understand and learn your habits first and adapt them to the Apps and which type of contents to share in which place. This option works with images, videos, audios and text files.
The latest Android introduces a pretty much improved Ambient Display feature. The time and notifications will light up on the screen when the moment you lift your device. Now you also get larger view of the notifications. But the sad part here is, we don’t get the ability to customize the lock screen, as we got on the first developer preview. The final build is missing such tiny feature, which could have made the OS more special.
Moreover getting into one of the most important time saving feature of the latest Android 8 Oreo, the Autofill API will definitely save a huge time on the web. This is simply something like Google’s Password manager, but this Autofill API feature in Oreo will get you suggested on all forms and spaces on the web and Apps for you to make it even faster. While auto filling, this feature also keeps your privacy of your data. This is a huge time saver. If you want to use this feature, you should definitely protect your device with a screen lock.
Faster Boot time
One of the great improvement with the latest Android Oreo is the OS Boot time is decreased and it is nearly two times faster than Android Nougat did for use, also the process ends with the “Powered by Android” logo. Because of this stunning speed you will never get sick of rebooting the device.
As with all android version, the latest Android Oreo wants to help you get to all the things real quick. Whatever it is, whether it is from home screen shortcuts to popular App features.
4. Smarter Things on Oreo
The all new Android 8 Oreo is also the smartest Android ever built, as the OS lets you benefit from the magnificent Google Assistant and all the learning Apps provided by Google last year. But still there is room for some good old-fashioned and man-made improvements. Down below here I have made some on smart decisions that Google has made with the latest Android Oreo.
High Performance Bluetooth Audio
High Performance Bluetooth Audio is one of the major Android Oreo feature has made to capture the attention of Android users. This feature opens up the OS to get superior support for the audio connections on for supported hardware.
The support with Bluetooth 5 is another cool feature of the latest Android 8 Oreo. With the Bluetooth 5 Offering the OS provides a great speed with file transactions in short distances (nearly provides double speed transaction).
However to get benefit of Bluetooth 5, you must have hardware component, so fortunately this is a future feature. For this feature you must wait for the first device to launch with Bluetooth 5 component and Android Oreo packed in.
Android Oreo also provides a new way of multi-tasking, this lets you pick up a large screen and whatever you were doing on it can be done with a small and separated screen. Your device can also be able to detect which display you are using and lets you work smooth on the screen. TextView auto-sizing will allow App developers to let Oreo resize the text of the Apps according to the screen size that you are keeping on using the App.
Mouse Pointer Capture
This is another good addition to the latest Android, it opens up the Android powered devices like Chromebook and some other. This lets you input a physical keyboard or a Mouse into the device and use it smooth. This feature works really smooth, so far I have tested.
Android Instant Apps (AIA)
Android Instant Apps are also a real cool introduction, but it gives you the ability to use and get an idea of a specific App, before installing it on your device. The AIA extremely reduces unwanted apps and things on your Android device.
Downloadable fonts are still another cool thing that all would love. The devices can be accessed with 800 Google supported fonts library by a Provider App. This feature require each application for its own font library in the provider App. Apps can use the shared library, this helps reduce filling the device space unnecessarily. The good news for you all is, this feature has been back ported to the previous Android versions, from Android 4.0 (Jelly Bean).
Disk Space limits for cached data
The latest Android 8 Oreo is pushing the memory management in a different method with disk space limits for cached data. Underneath this cool new system, each app on your device is provided a certain amount of data for cached data but when the system needs to free up space, this will automatically remove cached files to support the device.
Android Oreo performs with the service called Wi-Fi Aware, this is also known as Neighbor Awareness Networking. The Wi-Fi Aware service primarily allows you make micro Wi-Fi networks with the devices around you without having a usual internet access point. Apps will let to communicate on all directions among the connected devices. Still no supported hardware is available for this feature, so be tuned to get to know when something introduces.
In the Latest Android Oreo the Wi-Fi Assistant lets you enable the Assistant to automatically get connect with the high quality wireless networks. By default this setting is turned down, you can switch it on with a flip switch in the Wi-Fi preferences in Settings.
Even some of these latest Android Oreo features lacks but still many of them are great and we have tested them. For sure, I can say without any doubts that the latest Android 8 Oreo impressed me more than any of the Android OS does before. Even there are some miner bugs with the OS, which could be easily fixed with feature updates, the Oreo is super awesome to handle with. I was really enjoying the current Android OS the Android Oreo for past few days.
I hope the upcoming Android phones and tablets with Android Oreo will provide even great experience with the devices.