The Future Of Android Is Oreo
Over the past few months, the Android community has been pushing for the next major OS released by Google to be named after everyone’s favourite cookie. The Oreo.
To coincide with the Solar Eclipse, Google decided to announce Android Oreo the next step in Android history.
However, this isn’t the first time that Google has teamed with a sweet manufacturer. Back in 2013, they made a deal with Nestle and Hershey’s to name Android 4.4 KitKat.
The History Behind Android’s Desserts Names
Ever since April 27, 2009, Google has named all of their Android updates after a sweet flavoured dessert. From Cupcake, Lollipop, Jelly Bean and Oreo. The reasoning behind this is kept between the Android team.
Speaking to CNN back in 2011 Google spokesperson Randall Sarafa says:
“It’s kind of like an internal team thing, and we prefer to be a little bit — how should I say — a bit inscrutable in the matter, I’ll say,” said Randall Sarafa, a Google spokesman. “The obvious thing is that, yeah, the Android platform releases, they go by dessert names and by alphabetical order for the most part.”
“For the most part” because two versions of Android, 2.0 and 2.1, were both called Eclair. And because Google won’t say what it called the first two versions of Android, which you can assume started with “A” and “B.”
“As far as the public knows, it started with Cupcake,”
“I have some ideas, but I don’t actually know for sure,” he said of the first two Android names. “That was, jeez, like four years ago.”
What’s New With Android Oreo
There are plenty of new things to sink your teeth into with Android Oreo. From exploring the 60 new emoji’s right through to navigating your way around the new settings menu. We’ve picked out the key features below.
- Re-designed emoji’s – Allowing you to share how you are feeling more than ever. Gone are the Android Blobs and replaced with these new iOS looking emoji. Including 60 that are brand new. Can you spot them?
- Autofill – Autofill will remember your login details so you don’t have to. Allowing you to access your favourite apps with ease. Remember you have to give this feature certain permissions.
- Picture in Picture – Allows you to use 2 apps at once, allowing you to make a video call whilst checking your calendar.
- Notification Dots – Press the notification dot to quickly see what new notifications you have
- Android Instant Apps – Access apps instantly without the need for installation
When Will I Receive The Update?
If you own a Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or a Nexus Player then you’re in luck. These builds have entered carrier testing phase and are expected to roll out in phases very soon.
For those of you who use devices like Essential, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony. Then the good news is that Google has been working hard with these partners and are hoping to realise Android Oreo to these consumers at the end of this year.