Android Oreo Update – Android Nougat vs Oreo [ANDROID O Review]

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Android 8 is known as Android Oreo. Google says: “Android Oreo is Google’s best ever OS”. Android 8 is now available for Google’s own devices and some other devices will updated soon.

Availability

Android Oreo update: Pixel/Nexus devices

  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel C
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus Player

Android Oreo update: Samsung

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note FE
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
  • Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Android Oreo update: Sony

  • Xperia X
  • Xperia X Performance
  • Xperia XZ
  • Xperia X Compact
  • Xperia XZ Premium
  • Xperia XZs
  • Xperia XA1
  • Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Xperia Touch
  • Xperia XA1 Plus

Android Oreo update: Motorola

  • Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
  • Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Force – Verizon
  • Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto X4
  • Moto G5S Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 – unlocked

Android Oreo update: HTC

  • HTC U11 – will be updated in Q4 2017
  • HTC U Ultra
  • HTC 10

Android Oreo update: OnePlus

  • OnePlus 5 (we fully expect)
  • OnePlus 3T
  • OnePlus 3

Android Oreo update: Nokia

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

Android Oreo update: LG / Huawei / Honor

LG / Huawei / Honor hasn’t yet confirmed which phones will get Android Oreo.

Android Oreo Update - Android Nougat vs Oreo

Android Nougat vs Oreo

Performance

Every update usually mentions performance improvements, but in the case of Oreo you will actually notice how the new version improves your phone. The system is a lot faster to boot up, so it takes a lot less time for apps to open. Oreo also offers a new feature called ‘per app disk space quota’.This enables the system to automatically delete cached file from apps when they start exceeding their quota, resulting in more disk space for you.

Battery

Oreo also improves your phone’s battery life, thanks to background execution limits. When you use an app, it runs in the foreground (for instance if you’re texting, using a social media app or playing a game). When in use, the app runs foreground and background services. When you stop using it, it will still run background services for a while (for example, a newspaper app can look for new articles, even if you’ve stopped using it). Background execution limits will stop the app from using background services and will instead force it to use scheduled jobs, which launch periodically and then quit, preserving your battery more efficiently.

Notifications

A major improvement coming with Android Oreo regards notifications. Oreo now gives you the possibility to snooze notifications for a certain amount of time (from 15 minutes to 2 hours) simply by swiping left. This also gives you access to notification settings, which enables you to configure your notifications. Notification dots is another new feature coming with Oreo: dots, which resemble iOS notification numbers, show up on your apps to indicate you have unread notifications.

They also display a series of interesting features: long press on the dot or the app icon and you will able to read your notification and get access to the app’s shortcuts. For example, you will be able to read and answer a text without opening the message app.The biggest change comes from the arrival of notification channels. Grouping notifications into a channel allows you to customize them all together: for example, all your Facebook notifications will have a personalized sound and vibration.

Finally, Oreo also provides easier access to the app drawer: all you have to do is slide up anywhere on your screen, which is quite convenient.

User-Friendly

Oreo also comes with many features designed to simplify user experience. It now offers autofill, which will make it a lot easier for you to fill forms or login to websites as it will remember your information. Go to Settings > System > Language & Input > Advanced > Autofill to activate it.

Oreo will also learn about your sharing preferences to help save time when you’re searching for commands. For example, if you’re taking pictures of a map, Oreo will suggest a transport app. If you’re talking about food, it will recommend restaurants.

Adaptive icons will also be available with Oreo, meaning that you will have access to different icon shapes for your apps and will be able to customize them.

Picture in Picture is another new feature which will improve your user experience. Multi-windows will now be used for video playback: your video is reduced to a smaller window and you can continue using your phone as the screen will no longer be blocked by the video. This will make multitasking a lot easier.

Audio

New features coming with Oreo will improve your audio experience. ‘VolumeShaper’ introduces options to ‘fade-in’/’fade-out’ or ‘cross-fade’ sound, which will facilitate audio transitions. ‘AudioFocusRequest’ quiets other apps when a foreground app runs a form of audio instead of pausing them (as Nougat did), so if you’re listening to music, scrolling on social media and see an interesting video, the song you’re listening to will be quieted (and not paused) to make room for the video’s audio. This will make the transition tween audio playing from multiple sources a lot smoother than it was on Nougat.

Oreo also offers better playback options for audio and video. You will be able to manually select a bluetooth codec. With the inclusion of Sony’s LDAC codec, you will get CD sound quality, but it needs to be set up with compatible hardware, and right now this only includes Sony products. Nevertheless, your sound quality will be better than it ever was.

Security

Oreo is built on Project Treble, which improves your phone’s overall security and also enables for faster updates. Oreo also offers Google Play protect scans which help keep your apps safer.

Bluetooth 5

Oreo brings full support for Bluetooth 5, which extends and enhances Bluetooth Low Energy aspects and provides either greater speed or greater range to classic Bluetooth. Nougat did not support it, but Oreo does which will allow developers to create apps that can discover and connect to Bluetooth 5.

Multi-Display Support

Oreo fully supports multi-display, which enables users to move an activity from one screen onto the next. Oreo also brings smaller but enjoyable updates such as double-tapping to get a 50 percent zoom on camera, a new emoji library, or a customizable notification bar. Overall, it improves many classic features, adds a lot of newer ones and provides a more fluid user experience.

Visual changes

Visually, Android Oreo does not look much different than Nougat. The home screen remains quite similar, though we can see the icons seem to be a bit more streamlined. The app-drawer is the same as well. The biggest modification comes from the settings menu whose design has changed. It will take some getting used to but should be easier to use: Other menus, like the storage and battery menus, have been made to look more modern. Finally, Oreo switched the notification shade to black icons in a white background while Nougat did the exact opposite.

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