The latest Android update is almost here. While it has been released for Nexus and Pixel devices, people with phones of different brands are still looking forward to its release. The excitement of coming across a newer version is one thing. People are more excited since Google says it is one of the best revamps which is not just about looks, but also functionality. What are the special features that make the release of Android Oreo so exciting? Let’s take a look at the battle- Android 7 vs Android 8.
Android 7 vs Android 8: Comparison
Here are a few parameters based on which a comparison between Android Nougat and Android Oreo has been made!
Apple is the greatest example of minimalism. When Android 7 was launched, we witnessed Android following the path of minimalists. Android 8 takes this concept forward and brings more changes making it even more minimalist. The home screen and notification bar are more or less similar to that of Android 8, with a few subtle changes. When you go to the settings section, you will come across the changes making the screen look clean. We’ll discuss the settings in the coming section dedicated exclusively to it.
Another aspect of minimalism and a better user interface is “adaptive icons”. This simply means you get more options in icon shapes to choose from. There are five types of icons namely- square, rounded square, squircle, teardrop, and the default one. If you are using Android 7, you don’t have much of a choice.
With so many other areas of revamping, notification is yet another highlight of changes made in the new Android interface. Let’s first talk about notification dots. Notification dots are nothing but a tiny dot that’s there on the icon of an app. This dot means you have a pending notification, for instance, 4 unread messages. However, it is just a dot, you won’t know how many pending notifications you have. The second change is- when you open the notification bar, you won’t be flooded with notifications. With only as many notifications as the screen can handle, the rest of them would be shown in tiny icons at the bottom of the notification bar.
Unlike Android 7, clicking on the icons in the notification bar won’t take you to the settings section of it. When you use Android 8, you have to tap on the text beneath the icon. This will take you to the settings section of whatever icon you have tapped.
Now, let us talk about the setting page. This is where the concept of minimalism comes alive. When you open the settings page, you will be able to see the broad categories that would contain rest of the segments. This means you will have to tap multiple times to reach the destination. But, that’s okay if the settings page becomes clear and not-so-crowded. Also, Google has opted for a monochrome theme for Android Oreo settings page, which makes it look clearer.
Google has put in efforts to make the battery last longer through a number of restrictions. When you are using Android 8, there is a limited background functioning. Normally, when you close apps, they might seem like they’re not functioning, but they actually do. And this consumes a lot of battery and data. Android 8 minimizes that by turning off certain battery draining functions, like tracking location, broadcasts, etc.
Split Screen Mode VS PiP Mode
The Picture in Picture mode (PiP) is an upgraded form of the split screen mode. While you can simultaneously work on two different things at the same time, split screen doesn’t give you the option of video playback. That’s where the picture in picture mode takes over. It lets you watch a video or make a video call side by side while you are performing some other action on your phone. You can drag the video window and drop it anywhere on the screen according to your convenience. To control the volume or perform any action on the video screen, you just have to tap on it. Again, this gives an extra point to Android 8 in Android 7 VS Android 8.
Unknown Sources Setting
All the versions of Android have had a setting called “enable unknown sources”. What this option does is- it lets you install apps that are not being installed from the official Google play store. Android 8 doesn’t have this setting. It has been replaced by the option “trust apps from this source” in the “external sources” or “install other apps” settings.
Additional Features Of Android 8 That Are Absent In Android 7
- Being able to snooze each and every notification.
- Autofilling password to save time and efforts.
- A new range of emojis.
- Being able to automatically turn on the Wi-fi.
Android 7 vs Android 8: Wrap up
Since Android 8 is not yet out in the market for all the devices, we can only make comparisons which might not be a hundred percent accurate. There are chances of Android 8, not functioning as smoothly on all devices. But that’s just a guess, keeping in mind how other updates did on different phones. But it is worth mentioning that Google is putting continuous efforts in making Android 8 as good for users as possible. Ever since Android 8 was out for trial and bugs were reported, updates have been made to rectify those bugs. The features definitely create massive excitement in people, but what matter is smooth functioning- which Google knows.
The reason why Android 8 wins the battle of Android 7 vs Android 8 is- it makes up for what went missing in Android 7. The update doesn’t just flaunt good visuals. It is more about how it functions better than any Android version. It is evident that people are desperately waiting for the update to hit all the devices. While the update is available for Pixel and Nexus, by the time other devices receive the update, these two devices will see Android 8.1 version of it.