Android users have been getting very excited in response to Android’s latest operating system—the rather temptingly named Oreo. But is it as sweet as its name suggests?
Let’s start by answering the question everyone’s sure to ask. Why would Google name an operating system after a cookie?
They didn’t. However, it wasn’t until Android announced they would be revealing the detail behind the new OS on the same day as the solar eclipse that people finally uncovered the inspiration behind the name:
Android O + The Solar Eclipse = Oreo
You see, Android had been keen to name their next release after the 2017 solar eclipse but also wanted to stick to their modus operandi of naming their operating systems after desserts.
Perhaps it takes a little imagination, but the logic is there nonetheless. What the owners of the Oreo trademark have to say on the matter is a different matter entirely. So, now we’ve cleared up that mystery, let’s take a look at what’s in store.
Android’s Oreo: What Can Users Expect?
Like many previous releases, the designers of Oreo have attempted to improve the battery life of Android phones. One of the ways in which they have achieved this is by limiting the apps that can remain running in the background. For example, functionality such as location services and streaming is now more regulated when these services are not in use.
Another new feature that everyone’s talking about is the ability to multitask. Now, you can hold a video chat while also browsing through your emails at the same time.
Another major feature change is the release of adaptive icons. With Oreo, different Android devices will be able to support a variety of different icon shapes. This will be great news for app designers because it will give them more choice in terms of how they design their app icons and will mean Android phones can now have much more personality.
Another primary focus for Android developers has clearly been on security. With Oreo, users can now integrate their favorite password-management apps by using autofill functionality to fill complete passwords and usernames. In short, this means you will be able to log into your favorite apps quickly, easily, and safely.
Now, if all that wasn’t enough, Oreo has tons more on offer. As usual, the upgrades also include improved audio, camera, and visual functionality, so users can expect an overall improvement to the entire interface and their user experience.
If you want to learn more about Oreo has to offer, visit Android’s developer page for the full lowdown.
If you’re keen to be the first to get your hands on the update, you may wish to consider signing yourself up for the beta program. Unfortunately, this is only available on a limited choice of Android phones, but if you’re one of the lucky few, enroll now to find out what all the fuss is about.
Not an Android user? Don’t worry, never ones to be left out, Apple’s iOS 11 release is also well worth checking out!
Of course, you may be wondering what all these new releases mean for your app. Get in touch with us now, and we’ll talk you through exactly what’s happening and what it all means for your applications.Android