Android’s New O-R-E-O System. What Is That?

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“Our engineers just adore this cookie.”

The latest Android version was named after the Oreo cookie. A mysterious new version of the mobile operating system Android 8.0, formerly code-named “O,” received the official name – now it’s Android Oreo. At the official presentation of Google, sung with a solar eclipse in the US. There was presented a thematic video in which a green mascot-android in a cloak arrives on Earth.

On August 21, Google officially unveiled the eighth version of an android system, Android Oreo, named after a chocolate cookie with white cream filling. Soon, the first owners of the latest android phones Pixel and some devices of the Google Nexus line will be able to install the OS on their devices.


What’s New

According to the developers, Android Oreo is “smarter, faster and more powerful than ever.” Operating system Android 8.0 runs twice faster and sets the limits of background activity on applications that the gadget’s owner uses the least. This innovation increases a battery life of devices.

The structure of the settings menu became much easier, finding the necessary items in it became easier and faster.
In terms of security, the new Android phones introduced the Google Play Protect feature, which automatically scans applications and the rest of the system. In addition, Google Play Protect will help you to find the device if it is lost.The main goal of the new function (or rather, a rebranding of already existing ones) is to protect reckless users who do not think about the potential danger of downloading and launching almost unknown applications and programs from unofficial sources. Now in the Play Store, on the “Updates” tab of the “My Apps” section, you will be able to scan the installed programs on the device at any time. In addition, some apps in the store have begun to receive the “Verified by Google Play Protection” icon.
One of the most notable innovations is Notification Dots or notification points. It’s enough to keep a finger on the label of an application to read the notifications without launching it.

If during the video playback the other actions on the smartphone are required, it is not necessary to interrupt the viewing. You can use the Picture-in-Picture (Picture-in-Picture) function, which reduces the size of the image and places it in the corner of the screen.

Currently, only some programs can work in this mode, but in the future, it will be supported by all players and instant messengers with video chat.
In the new os android, the function of copying and pasting the text of Smart Text Selection was improved by double or long pressing the text of the OS will determine if it’s a name, a phone number or address, and select the needed piece.
For fans of emotions in virtual communication, all the existing emoji were redrawn, and 60 new ones were added specially for Android 8.0 Oreo.

Among the other updates are autocompleted logins and passwords for applications, enabled by default support for Instant Apps (the ability to run programs without installing them), adaptive shortcuts.


Engineers Love Sweets
The case with Oreo will be the second in Google’s history when it teamed up with the sweets manufacturer to promote its new operating system. Prior to that, the IT company conducted a similar campaign with Nestle, and the Android 4.4 version was called Kit Kat.
It is reported this partnership has remained completely non-commercial, as it has benefited both companies – Google received a recognizable name for the new Android operating system, and Nestle – a free advertisement of its chocolate biscuits.
As for the choice of Oreo as a name, the representatives of Google explain this by the fact that the company’s engineers are fond of it.
“Our kitchens in Google offices are full of Oreo.” said Sagar Kamdar, director of product management at Google.

Thus, Google continued the tradition of giving the “sweet” names for a new phone update. Among the previous versions Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and other names of sweets were noticed. By the way, the company does it strictly in alphabetical order. For example, the previous version – Android 7.x – was called Nougat.

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