Google Officially Unveils Next-Generation 'Android Oreo'

Google today announced the next-generation version of its Android operating system, which is named Oreo.

Android Oreo includes dozens of new features, ranging from notification improvements to picture-in-picture support to new emoji.


The update introduces an iOS-like feature called Notification Dots (aka app badges), designed to make it easier to see which apps have new content to display. A long tap on an app icon now displays information like the last notification received and app widgets, much like a 3D Touch does on iOS.

Picture-in-picture support allows users to watch video content while using other apps, while a new autofill feature remembers login information to allow for quicker username and password entry.

Support for new Unicode 10 emoji is included, introducing emoji like exploding head, vampire, zombie, hedgehog, giraffe, fortune cookie, and more. Existing Android emojis have also been redesigned to do away with the iconic Android emoji blobs.

Instant Apps, designed to allow developers to create apps that can run instantly, are now enabled by default, and Google has made improvements to the overall speed of the operating system for faster launch times along as well as introduced security improvements.

A full rundown on the new Android Oreo features is available on Google's site for those interested. The update is available today through Google's Android Open Source Project, with Google planning to roll it out to Pixel and Nexus devices in the near future as soon as carrier testing is complete.

Though Pixel and Nexus owners can expect to get access to Android Oreo in the near future, owners of other Android-based smartphones will need to wait much longer, if they get the update at all. The previous version of Android, Android Nougat, is still only installed on 13.5 percent of devices despite the fact that it was released a year ago.

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The majority of Android devices continue to run Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, released in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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Top Rated Comments

ElZeus Avatar
90 months ago
I can't wait to switch back to an iPhone now that there will be a native file management app in iOS... Android OS updates are a disaster.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MagMan1979 Avatar
90 months ago
Nice to see those numb nuts over at Google once again ripping off functions we on the iOS side of the pond have been enjoying for years, and with little delay in receiving, unlike many sad souls on the Android pond whom almost no one ever sees any updates for their devices...

Stay classy Google, and keep those photocopiers a rollin'!
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Not if you have a Nexus or Pixel.
And how long do you folks receive updates for? That's right, no more than 18 months from first release of the device, so those who bought a Nexus or Pixel mid way thru it's production run won't even get a year worth of updates!

iPhone's? We get updates for YEARS. Yeah, still a nightmare on Android!
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aldaris Avatar
90 months ago
Do they have to pay nabisco to use ‘oreo’?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Howl's Castle Avatar
90 months ago
It's going to be funny when in two years this is the version of Android everyone will be using.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dallas112678 Avatar
90 months ago
Nice to see those numb nuts over at Google once again ripping off functions we on the iOS side of the pond have been enjoying for years, and with little delay in receiving, unlike many sad souls on the Android pond whom almost no one ever sees any updates for their devices...

Stay classy Google, and keep those photocopiers a rollin'!
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And how long do you folks receive updates for? That's right, no more than 18 months from first release of the device, so those who bought a Nexus or Pixel mid way thru it's production run won't even get a year worth of updates!

iPhone's? We get updates for YEARS. Yeah, still a nightmare on Android!
How long has Android had an actual file system? Quite awhile. I guess Apple is photocopying Google, amirite?

Seriously, never go full fanboy, NEVER! Both companies introduce various features that end up being successful, and the other company will end up copying it. This is competition, and it's good for consumers as everyone will be able to get useful features even if their platform didn't come up with it first.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tkukoc Avatar
90 months ago
Love the marketing matching the event today, very nicely done.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)