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Google launches Android ‘Oreo’

Keeping up its tradition of naming its Android upgrades with delectable desserts, Google on Monday launched its version 8.0 of operating system as Android Oreo.

The Oreo boasts a doubling of boot speed, an autofill option, and a longer battery life. The new update comes with a Picture-in-Picture feature that allows the user to see two apps simultaneously.

There is also a Notification Dots option which, when pressed, pops the notification out at a glance without having to open the app. Android Instant Apps is another new feature, which teleports directly into new apps from the browser, no installation needed.

Android Oreo is more secure with Google Play Protect built in, security status front and centre in settings, and has tighter app install controls.

“We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today,” said Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android and Google Play, through a media release.

“Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player,” he said adding that:

“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware-makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.”

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