The new Android operative system is out: Android Oreo focuses on vital and ‘fluid experiences’, with new features that include picture in picture multitasking (multi-windowing mode) and notification dots (long-press an app shortcut to view the notification right there onscreen).
Oreo also has Smart Text Selection (automatically recognises names, addresses and phone numbers) and it can also suggest a relevant app.
On the subject of apps, Google is also introducing Play Protect, which installs every app on a per-device basis in order to keep things ultra-secure.
Oreo also adds ‘wise limits’ to background processes such as location tracking to sensibly keep battery usage at a reasonable level.
Picture-in-picture multitasking (a multi-windowing mode), which is already available on Android TV, is coming to Android Oreo.
There are also new emoji, and not just the more than 60 added to the platform, but a complete redesign for all of them. Google will replace the blob-like faces with more conventional round ones.
We’ll also see improved Bluetooth support for high-quality audio through the Sony LDAC codec, and new ways for third-party calling apps to work with each other and with your network operator’s special features and much more surprises.
All Android OS come with surprises and one of the most intriguing is about the name
Over the past 14 years the gigantic of the technology Google has named its operative system following an alphabetic order of random dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Jelly Bean etc.
What is the reason behind those sugary names?
Randall Sarata, Google spokesman said to CNN in an interview that: “It’s kind of like an internal team thing that we liked. The obvious thing is that, yeah, when the Android platform releases, they go by dessert names and by alphabetical order for the most part.”
Which each new release, Google builds statues of every Android dessert and places them on the lawn at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
The name is such a hallmark for the company, that for the last one Google asked the public for any suggestions. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, during his visit to India on 2015, said that he may hold an online poll to name the next version of the OS, so that Indians could vote for a local dessert. “If all Indians vote, I think we can make it happen,” Pichai said. Just because of that, for a while, people thought that the next Android OP will be named with a sweet Indian alias
In 2013, when Google launched KitKat, it released this statement that sheds a little more light on the naming convention than the spokesperson’s explanation: “Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. As everybody finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate, we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, KitKat.”
If Android sweetens our life or not, the reality is nowadays Android is the most popular OS in the world. Android leads the market shares with more than 84% in Q1 2016, according to Statista. At the same time, iOS has 14.8 % share of the Mobile OS Market, while other mobile operating systems are below 1%, such as Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS and Symbian.