A couple of days ago, August 21, the new version of Android OS was released. Surprisingly, it didn’t go under the previously announced name Android O, but a traditional numeric value in combination with a code name, Android 8.0 Oreo. Google is known for naming every major OS update after some sweets, and it does so strictly in alphabetical order. For example, the previous version Android 7.x was titled Nougat, 6.x – Marshmallow, 5.x – Lollipop, etc. However, only once before marketing team used an existing trade name as in case of Oreo, Android 4.x KitKat.
Android 8.0 Oreo is available through Android’s Open Source Platform (AOSP). As for Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P smartphones, Pixel C tablet, and Nexus Player, the new version of OS is going through the final stage of testing and will be released as through an update service very soon. The rest of the users will have to wait until manufacturers of their devices comprehend the technology and release it on their platforms accordingly.
What’s new? Android 8.0 Oreo allows easier notification manipulation and management, multitasking with Picture-in-Picture by continuing viewing a video content in a small window that you can move around while doing something else. Additionally, Oreo offers faster startup and increased performance together with enhanced security features.
If you are looking for an upgrade, now is the perfect time to do it. Sell your old Mac to bring yourself one step closer to the upgrade.