After releasing multiple developer previews of Android O(Oreo), Google finally announced that Android O is now Android 8.0 Oreo.
This particular update is currently available for Google devices such as Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel XL and Pixel. However, other manufacturers will provide Android 8.0 Oreo to their devices in the next couple of months.
Some of the best features of Android 8.0 Oreo which will enhance your user experience are:
1. Notification dots
Android 8.0 Oreo shows the number of notifications a certain app has. This feature was missing from Android until now. This amazing feature will help you to see the dot on an app icon whenever any particular app on your smartphone will have a notification.
2. Picture-in-picture mode
Google has now added native support for picture-in-picture mode in Android 8.0 Oreo. With this particular mode, a user can reduce the size of the video call screen to a small rectangle. They can also move it around the display, open other apps and do multiple things at once.
3. Notification snoozing
Usually, it may happen that we have a large number of notifications and don’t have time to read and respond to them.
Now, with the help of notification snoozing on Android 8.0 Oreo, whenever you have any notification in the notification shade, instead of swiping it left or right, you can easily snooze it for some time.
4. Smart text selection
Google has introduced the smart text selection feature on Android 8.0 Oreo. Now, whenever you select an address or a URL from within an app or a phone number, you will get an option to open a certain app which would perform a certain action based on the information selected.
5. Autofill Framework
With Android 8.0 Oreo, user information like username, email, and password will be automatically filled inside the apps. For example, if you will open Twitter, and if you have already given the permission to remember your login details, you will just have to tap on the Login button and you will be logged in to the app instantly.
6. Adaptive Icons
Google has introduced adaptive icons. Now with help of this amazing feature, developers can easily create icons which the system displays in different shapes based on a mask selected by the particular device manufacturer. The system will also animate the interactions with the icons and also use them in the launcher, shortcuts, settings, sharing dialogues and in the overview screen.
7. Pinned Shortcuts
With Android 8.0 Oreo, users can now easily add shortcuts to their home screens from within an app. Not just that, users can also further create special activities which they can customize to their liking for getting things done faster.
8. Customize lock screen shortcuts
Customize lock screen shortcut is one of the best feature introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo. Google now natively allows changing lock screen shortcuts. You can access any app or setting you want from the lock screen now.
9. Easily install apps from unknown sources
From now onwards with help of Android 8.0 Oreo, you can allow the installation of apps downloaded from unknown sources on a per-app basis. Well, we appreciate this change as users often forget to enable the unknown sources security feature after they are done side-loading an app.
10) Customize navigation bar
Apart from being able to customize lock screen shortcuts, users can now also customize the navigation bar on Android 8.0 Oreo. You can now add a button on the left and right side of the original three navigation buttons. Apart from that, you can also adjust the spacing and layout if you want.
So, these above-mentioned features are some of the best features of Android 8.0 Oreo. It is important to note that Android 8.0 Oreo update is not anything revolutionary. But, it is available with many under-the-hood refinements that should enhance your daily experience.