As expected after the official announcement of the name of the next version of Android, Google has just launched the deployment on the first smartphones. And as always with the new versions of Android, Oreo is only reserved for the latest Google smartphones, namely Nexus and Pixel.
Since last night, Android 8.0 has a name, Android Oreo. Following the announcement of its name, Google began deploying the final update of its mobile OS on its own phones and devices. For now, only the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL are concerned with this update. If you have one of these devices, the update should have been automatically downloaded to your phone. If necessary, go to the settings of your phone to launch it.
An update that will not happen for many months on the majority of Android smartphones
For the vast majority of owners of Android smartphones, it will take a little more patient. The update now depends on smartphone manufacturers and their means, desires and abilities to update their devices. Some manufacturers have already announced their plans – OnePlus for example, but others, such as Samsung, LG or Sony, will announce their update schedule at best within a few weeks, at worst by the end of the year, year.
The main innovations of Android Oreo
These late updates should however disappear little by little thanks to Android Oreo. For Android 8.0, Google has focused on three main points. Updates first, with the Project Treble, which will allow smartphone manufacturers to push updates without having to wait for component vendors to send their drivers to them.
Security then. This is surely the aspect on which Google communicates most with Android Oreo. Between Play Protect, the new management of installations of applications external to the Play Store and new ways to counter the installation of viruses, Google wants to get rid of the image of Gruyère that carries (often unfairly) Android currently.
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Finally, the ergonomics and interface of Android 8.0 have been slightly revised. This is achieved by the arrival of the picture in picture mode, the notifications points or the self-filling of the logins and password boxes within the applications. Let’s not forget also that Android Oreo will mark a major break in the emojis, since it will finally get rid of its emblematic (and ugly) emojis-potatoes.
We are now waiting for third-party builders to wake up and finally begin to announce when they are going to upgrade their main devices.