Android 8 Review- What Makes Android Oreo So Exciting?

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With every newer update, Google tries to bring in changes and improvement in the Android user interface. Android 8 is yet another update that enhances your on-phone experience. This latest android version isn’t just about the looks and appearance. This update aims at improving the functionality, performance, increasing the battery life and so forth. Whether you are running Android apps, playing android games, or reading the Android news, this update will let you make the most out of your android phone. This article explains what the best features of Android 8 are and what phones are eligible for the upgrade.

Reasons That Make Upgrading To Android 8 Irresistible

You know Android 8 has a number of new features and specifications. While we could speak of all the updated features, you’d rather want to know about the most important ones, ruling out the obvious ones. So, let us see what are the so much talked about Android Oreo features.

1. Minimalism

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One of the noticeably best things about Android 8 update is how minimalist the settings section gets. If you see, there are main categories that make it clear what the categories contain. You won’t get to see two related categories separately placed in the settings. You might have to click multiple times to reach the page where you find what you want. But, this is worth it since the settings page won’t be crowded or make it hard to figure out what is what in the first place.  While the basic info is shown on the screen, the advanced settings can be accessed through the drop-down info.

Now, talking about the notification bar, you would again see minimalism there. For phones that have a smaller screen, the notification design has become more user-friendly. If your screen cannot accommodate all the notifications, the bottom of the screen will have little icons of the notified apps that you can open.

At the very top of the notification bar, you can see 6 important icons that are handy to switch on and off, like wifi, Bluetooth, torch, etc. When you swipe downwards, you see more icons that you might need to access. Here, it is pretty much like Nougat with a slight change in the design.

With Android 8 UI, you have more options for deciding the shape of the icons. This helps you make your screen look more accommodating based on the screen size and number of apps on the screen. The icon shapes that are available with this update are- square, rounded square, squircle, and teardrop.

2. Picture in Picture

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This feature 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 enable 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.

3. Storage Management

Like the previous version, you can choose to make some space on your phone by opting “free up space”. For this, you have to go to settings, storage, and finally, tap on “free up space”. What’s new about this update is- you can install the future Android updates even when you are running out of storage space. all you need to have is a free space of 100 KB- which is a very small count.

4. Autofilling Password

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This feature comes to the rescue of people who keep forgetting their passwords. For most people, the tendency of forgetting their passwords, again and again, forces them to frequently request a password reset. Especially when you are carrying out an important task, this makes it more time consuming- the whole act of resetting the password. So, to get rid of this hassle, you can make use of some third-party apps to store your passwords and make use of it when required.

5. Limiting Background Functioning

One more feature that Android 8 brings to you is- limiting the background activity of apps. The apps that keep running in the background take away a lot of resources, including your data and battery life. unnecessary background activities, like tracking your location, broadcasts, etc. are cut off. This means, your Android device can function with more speed and efficiency.

Also Read- The Sweet Story of Android Versions: From Cupcake to Oreo

Brands And Models That Will Have The Android 8 Upgrade

Google comes up with a newer version of Android every now and then. However, the catch is- the upgrade is not available universally. There are certain models f certain brands that are ready for the upgrade. Similarly, there are certain brands and models that can be upgraded to Android 8. Let’s take a look at what those phones are.

Google Phones

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel C
  • Google Nexus Player

Samsung Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy S8(G950F, G950W)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Upcoming)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus(G955,G955FD)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge(G935F, G935FD, G935W8)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7(G930FD, G930F, G930, G930W8)
  • Samsung Galaxy A3( 2017)(A320F)
  • Samsung Galaxy A5( 2017)(A520F)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 ( 2017)(A720F, A720DS)
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 ( 2017)(A810F, A810DS)
  • Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy J7v
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro(2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime(G610F, G610DS, G610M/DS)
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)(SM-A9100)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)(A710F, A710DS)
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)(A510F, A510F)
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)(A810F, A810DS)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note FE

Motorola Phones

  • Moto G5 Plus( XT1684, XT1685, XT1687)
  • Moto G5( All Models)
  • Moto G5S
  • Moto G5S Plus
  • Moto Z( XT1635-03)
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z2 Force
  • Moto Z Force
  • Moto G4 Plus( All models)
  • Moto G4( All models)

Nokia Phones

  • Nokia 3
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 8

HTC Phones

  • HTC U11
  • HTC U Ultra
  • HTC U Play
  • HTC Desire 10 Pro
  • HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
  • HTC 10 Evo
  • HTC 10

Android 8: In A Nutshell

Android 8 is one of the most impressive updates by Google. Since the trial and test of the update, it has seen efficient fixes. This update evidently aims at keeping it simple and yet functioning smoothly. Back when Android Nougat was out, certain features were introduced. However, these features lacked certain elements and were a bit incomplete (for instance, the split screen feature). Android Oreo has filled the crevices left out in Android Nougat. It is definitely true to say people are anticipating the release of this Android version for their respective phones.






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