Google unveils ‘smarter, faster’ Android 8.0 Oreo operating system
Google has unveiled the next version of its Android mobile operating system, named Android 8.0 Oreo.
“Today, we are officially introducing Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest release of the platform - and it’s smarter, faster and more powerful than ever,” said Android’s Sameer Samat.
“It’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at light speed. When you’re on your next adventure, Android Oreo is the superhero to have by your side.”
New and improved security features within Android Oreo include built in Google Play Protect, enhanced security status visibility in centre in settings, and tighter app install controls.
The software, which will be available as a free update to users of smartphones including by Samsung, HTC and Huawei, has been labelled “smarter, faster and more powerful than ever” by Google.
A picture-in-picture mode has also been introduced, enabling users to view two apps at the same time. While notification dots have been added which will flag when an app has an alert waiting to be addressed.
The name - 8.0 Oreo - follows Google’s tradition of naming each new version of Android after “sweet treats”, and follows 2016’s 7.0 Nougat.
Google said 8.0 Oreo will also feature a new instant apps feature that will enable users to access apps without having to download them, while security settings will automatically scan a user’s device for malicious apps and remove them.
The tech giant said battery life on Android smartphones should increase with Oreo, as the software will cut down on app activity in the background.
Google said the new software will begin rolling out to users soon, and is likely to be joined by a new version of Google’s Pixel smartphone, which is heavily rumoured to be launching in the autumn.