This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new in Google’s Android 8 Oreo software update for smartphones and tablets. Then, we’ll compare the changes to Android 7.0 Nougat so owners know what to expect from the Android Oreo update. Including any new features from the 8.1 Oreo update and beyond.
You’ll find well over 50 changes in Oreo, but only a few are quickly noticeable. That’s because most are behind the scenes tweaks but will still make a big difference for daily use. Some noteworthy additions include bundled notifications, smart text selection, notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, new Android emoji and more.
Google promises a smarter, faster and more powerful experience on Android Oreo. Today, most users have Android 7 Nougat which debuted on August 22nd, 2016. Yes, we’re in 2018 and updates to Android 8.0 are just starting to arrive in the United States. And while 8.1 recently arrived, it’s Android 8.0 Oreo that’s coming soon to millions of devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and more. Well, if you don’t have it already.
Oreo is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and media devices that support it. Google released it’s latest software in August of 2017, and then Android 8.1 Oreo in December. However, manufacturers are carriers are still busy with the first 8.0 update for their phones and tablets.
Currently, most Google Pixel or Nexus devices already have Android 8.1 Oreo. They were the first devices to receive an update. Then, select devices from Motorola, OnePlus, HTC, Huawei and others have received updates. Additionally, select Samsung Galaxy users got Android Oreo during a beta test, but that update for everyone isn’t available just yet.
Devices from all major manufacturers like Samsung and LG will get updates to Android 8.0 Oreo within the first few months of 2018, that’s if they don’t have it already.
During the announcement, Google confirmed multiple key manufacturers have worked closely with them to offer updates to Android 8.0 Oreo faster than ever before. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such a promise, but these are the company’s that should release updates before the end of 2017: Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony. With a promise of arriving before the end of the year, but only a few delivered.
So far, we’ve heard major announcements from LG, Sony, Samsung, Motorola, and a few others about Oreo update plans. Since then, we’ve seen updates for select phones from Motorola, LG, Huawei, and OnePlus to name a few.
With that said, you now have an understanding of Android 8.0 Oreo and know it’s coming soon to a device you probably own. So what’s new and what can you expect? Read on for more details.
What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo
New Android 8 features allow you to do more with your phone and tablet And do more easier and faster. Users will enjoy bundled notifications that are easier to manage and read or the new picture-in-picture mode. Essentially allowing you to watch a video (or video chat) while doing other things on the phone at the same time. Adaptive and dynamic app icons, an easy text selection tool, and auto-fill in apps like Google Chrome. Android will remember your passwords and logins inside apps. Not to mention faster performance and big changes to make your battery last longer.
Here is a detailed list explaining many of the new features. Basically, expect a faster, smarter, and safer experience throughout. Keyword being smarter, as Google added tons of changes that happen automatically to make our devices better.
Keep in mind that some of the changes detailed in our slideshow below are from Android 8.0 Oreo on a Pixel device, or show Android 7.1.2 Nougat on a Nexus 6P. Depending on what Android device you own, things may look slightly different. Not to mention some manufacturers like Samsung and HTC hand-pick which features to add to their phones, and leave others out.
Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Comparison Walkthrough
In closing, here is a slideshow detailing new features and how they compare to Android Nougat. You can click any image below to instantly jump to that part of the slideshow to see what’s new. Additionally, the older Android 7.0 Nougat software will always be on the left (if available) while Android 8.0 Oreo features are on the right or by themselves.
We’ll update with more details as they become available. Expect big companies like Samsung or HTC to include most changes, although they may look slightly different. This is because manufacturers add their own skin to stock Android. Keep that in mind as you explore everything that’s new. Additionally, some Oreo features are exclusive to smartphone manufacturers, not Android as a whole, and aren’t included in this list. Enjoy all it has to offer and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns.