Google is back with a yearly update for Android. Android O will be Google’s eighth major release. The public beta for Android O was available in Beta way back in May 2017 but was officially released in last week of August 2017. The mysterious O of Android will be known as Oreo, sandwich cookies owned by Mondelez International. Way back in 2009, Google dubbed Android 1.5 with the delicious code name Cupcake, and the company has maintained that snack related naming scheme ever since. KitKat was the first Google Android code name to be commercially sponsored. Android O plans to offer seamless OS experience in budget devices.
Android Oreo brings improvements to the mobile operating system’s notifications, including the addition of tiny dots appearing on each app icon indicating when they want your attention and a cleaner notifications channel for sorting through all the alerts you get. Other highlights include picture-in-picture functionality with resizable windows, adaptive icons that look better across various devices, battery life improvements that limit what apps can do in the background, the ability to share files over wi-fi without an internet connection, and support for Android Instant apps. Many of the updates won’t be immediately obvious to users who’ve upgraded, at least until they restart their devices, as Android Oreo will boost up almost twice as quickly depending on your hardware.
The recent updates of Google seem meaningless as very few disruptive features are released. Updates are mostly good for speeding the device. Being an open source OS unlike iOS, features like picture in a picture are made available by apps before the OS release. It is difficult to find the difference between Android 8 Oreo and Android 5 Lollipop. On the other hand, even Apple plans to release iOS 11.0 on 12th September 2017. Both Android and iOS have failed to impress us in last few years. It feels like innovation in smartphones is over. The next phase of innovation will not be in smartphone itself but the data we produce while using smartphones. Yet, another time Android has failed to impress.