What’s new in Android 8 Oreo?

Android 8 Oreo has finally landed in our shores and it comes with a lot of changes and features that make it shine out there. Google has started rolling out its newest version of mobile operating system to supported Pixel and Nexus devices. That means that Nexus and Pixel phone owners can get the Android 8 Oreo update right now to test out new features.

The Oreo brings a lot of new things to the operating system, like a redesigned user interface, under-the-hood improvements, fingerprint scanner gestures, and picture-in-picture mode. To help you get the most out of Google’s newest version of Android, we have created a list of the best Android 8.0 Oreo features and changes.

Before we dive in, keep in mind that Android 8 Oreo is now available in very limited number of smartphones (Pixel and Nexus devices). It may take a couple of months or even more for the Oreo to appear on other phones.

  1. Redesigned Settings menu

With Android 8 Oreo, Google has revamped the Settings menu, making it more intuitive and more visually appealing. The Settings menu now features dark gray text and white background, allowing users to easily locate settings sections.

Network and Internet section now houses everything you need including Wi-Fi, mobile data, data usage, and hotspot. Google has officially removed the side navigation menu, instead gathering everything in one place for better management.

  1. Files Manager

One of the best things when it comes to Google’s mobile operating system lies in its Files Manager app. As the name suggests, the app stores all of your personal files, like videos, photos, or screenshots.

Google has been working on improving its Android Files Manager for years in an attempt to make it more useful. In Android 8 Oreo, the Files app has got a redesign, which makes it cleaner and more appealing. Besides, users now can delete or reorganize all of their files.

  1. Snooze notifications

One of the highlights of Android 8 Oreo is the ability to snooze notifications. When a new messages comes in, just swipe it away and you will get two options: One will open up the notification channel settings for the app you receive notifications for and another will allow you to set a reminder for that notification. By default, it’s one hour, but you can change the snooze length if necessary.

  1. Picture-in-picture mode

Picture-in-Picture is not something new when it comes to Android device, as it was previously available on Android TV. However, Google is finally making it an essential part of its mobile operating system.

As the name implies, Picture-in-Picture mode allows you to watch a video in a small floating window while keeping your hands busy with other tasks on your Android device. Picture-in-Picture mode now can work pretty fine with YouTube and VLC video player. Google says that Picture-in-Picture functionality will hit more third-party apps in the coming months.

  1. High performance Bluetooth audio

With Android 8.0 Oreo, Google introduces a handful of high quality Bluetooth codecs in an attempt to improve audio quality on Android devices. The Oreo features Sony’s LDAC codec, promising to offer a much-enhanced audio quality for Android phones.

Bluetooth 5.0 is also a great addition to Android 8 Oreo, offering four times the range and twice the speed. Bluetooth 5.0 is not new out there, as Samsung has already baked it into its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Also read: The best tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S8

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