Android 8.0 Oreo is now official

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Today’s the day, Android fans: The next major Android release has been revealed.

Android 8.0 Oreo is now official. The update has been pushed to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and build for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P have entered carrier testing. Updates for those devices should begin rolling out “soon” along with updates for the Pixel C and Nexus Player.

Google says that it’s also been working with several device makers that are scheduled to launch devices with Android 8.0 or update existing devices to Android 8.0. Those partners include Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony.

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When it comes to new features, Android 8.0 Oreo includes several new goodies to look forward to. There’s picture-in-picture for watching a video while you’re performing another task and notification dots, which Google says will let you tap to see what’s new in your apps and then take action on those notifications quickly.

Other features of Android 8.0 Oreo include minimizing unintentional overuse of battery from apps running in the background, fast boot speed, Autofill for things like logins, and more than 60 new emoji characters.

Source: Google

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  • Hurlamania

    Wonder if there will be any Oreo promotions

    • marque2

      Probably the only thing to be good about this yet another very similar Android release. I would appreciate it for Oreo coupons.

  • Hurlamania

    It’s this a “No money” deal like kit kat?

  • npaladin2000

    Now I just need a Pixel 2 XL on JUMP!

    • Phil

      Praying for this!

    • bkat11

      You won’t get it you’ll have to get it directly from Google

  • marque2

    There really hasn’t been much new in Android since Android 4.2. Rather than being overjoyed by each new release, I have become a bit annoyed actually.

    Cell phone evolution, is not going anywhere fast any longer, just leave the OS alone. Do some bug fixes here and there and security fixes, but that is it.

    • Noremacam

      There’s been lots of things designed to make bug and security fixes better actually. like the System A/B, the bootloop detection and recovery introduced in Android 8, etc.

      • marque2

        It would be interesting to see how they fix a hardware bootloop problem with software.

        • Noremacam

          most bootloops are software related, but if they’re hardware they can potentially display links/phone # for support.

        • marque2

          I beg to differ. Most bootloop on Android side anyway were on LG phones that had a chip damaged due to overheating. Ice the chip was damaged it could not operate except at extremely low temperatures which cause a reset and bootloop. Maybe iPhones are different, but then they don’t run Android.

    • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

      lol your like the guy that wanted to close down the patent office because everything was already invented.. The OS has to keep evolving and updating, even if your annoyed by the update process. The hardware is only one small piece of the puzzle.

      • marque2

        No, don’t want to close down the patent office. However, these updates, have been underwhelming, and have been annoying as you have to re-learn half the features on your phone – to what end? You don’t need to innovate for innovation’s sake, you innovate when you have something new and interesting and useful to share.

    • dtam

      essentially that is. bug fixes, security fixes, performance fixes, what do you think the new version is supposed to be?

  • noh1bvisas

    It would be nice if the Note 8 released with Oreo.

    • George Salcedo

      They will upgrade it a year from now don’t worry

      • Iphart

        More like 2020.

      • noh1bvisas

        pistachio will be out by then :(

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          you mean Planters? They seem to love getting that branding cash..

        • JBLmobileG1

          I am thinking, since they seem to be going with sweets or candy names, the next update will be called PayDay. ;-)

    • steveb944

      Doubtful, it never has released with the new version. Maybe an update by year’s end.

  • steveb944

    Yum.

  • AS118

    Not shocked by this name. I would’ve been more surprised if they didn’t go with Oreo. That said, I’ll probably do the same as I did with the last marketing promo and see if I can buy myself an Android-themed Oreo box.

    The Android-branded Kit Kat candies were cute, I’ll give them that. I liked the picture of the Android robot eating kit kats. That was funny.

    • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

      I’m not a big fan of these tie ends. But i never like cross business marketing, it tends to be underhanded in one way or another. plus it feels so cheesy to have a android version called oreo.. Now whenever someone has to look up resolutions they’ll be looking up oreo lol.

  • taxandspend

    Interesting that the press release didn’t mention LG or ZTE.

  • riverhorse

    Android 8 brings so many new, worthwhile innovations that for the first time in years, it will significantly set one back to buy a phone with previous version.
    Before, it wasn’t so critical if a phone came with Lollipop instead of Marshmallow…or the latter instead of Nougat.
    At the very least, a phone should be easily rootable, in order to port the new OS. Forget locked bootloaders that will not allow this– or only after 6-12 months of trying, when a better phone and/or the next Android version comes out.

    • Rob

      Making the phones rootable leaves the phone vulnerable to security exploits which is why Google tries to keep those patches up. It’s the OEM and carrier who decide if you get to unlock your device or not which then allows you to get root. Android was a laughing stock in the business world until they tightened up their security. If you want root out of the box, get a phone from a company that sanctions bootloader unlocking like HTC, OnePlus, or a Pixel. My U11 isn’t unlocked but it’s a whopping 5 minute process when/if I decide to do it.

  • Mike

    Never go for the first version wait for 8.1 or 8.1.1/8.2 . This way you don’t experience bugs and give google time to patch them.

  • Josh Schoonover

    I upgraded to a Galaxy S8+ from a Nexus 6P after battery life had gotten so bad (2-3 hours SOT). I was hesitant because of how slowly Samsung rolls out updates, but it seems like many of the features in the Oreo update are already available on the S8+. And more features like smart select and screen mirroring aren’t in the Oreo update at all.

  • Bklynman

    New OS,600Mhz coming at the end of the year,so all the new phones going for $500 to $1000. now will be on sale or on Ebay,Swappa, for anywhere from $200. to $400?(2018)?

  • noh1bvisas

    how many years before tmo pushes it out to customers?

    • Kevin

      I’m kinda optimistic about it. I’ll say maybe 2 years.

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