Here's What's New With Android 8.0 Oreo

Kelley Robertson
August 22, 2017

Throw in more than 60 new emoji, fingerprint scanner gesture support, customizable lock screen shortcuts, and better battery and power management, and you can see why Android users have been excited.

Android O will also come with new app icon badges for notifications. OTAs will begin to roll out "soon" to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C, and system images should be up on developers.google.com soon. Google will celebrate the eclipse, at 2:40PM ET at an event in New York City on Monday, August 21. The gradual rollout of Android O to Google's Beta Program, Pixel and Nexus devices could provide a closer look at how the new features stack up.

Video previews in Google Search on Android will be rolling out more widely starting next week. In the description for the video, Google invites you to "watch the solar eclipse unveil the Android O superhero" and says, "Trust us, it'll be extra sweet". The new emojis will also be available as a new feature. Autofill will save logins for frequently-used apps, and there's Android Instant Apps support for accessing software without installs.

Previously, Android users could only allow all or block all notifications from each app.


Google continues to make changes to its core search product in order to enable users to find the information they are looking for faster and easier. If needed, users may also choose to turn off the feature completely from the settings in the #Chrome app or the Google app. Google has employed the latest machine learning functionality to enhance this feature.

Google will indeed reveal Android O on Monday, the day of the U.S. total solar eclipse, as previously rumoured. This is with reference to the official website of the company reports video News Service. The video, which has since been deleted, was a teaser trailer for the release date of Android O on August 21, during the impending solar eclipse. Google announced the Android O at its annual developers event I/O in May this year.

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