Android O Is Oreo and Rolling Out Soon
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After months of speculation, Google has confirmed that Android 8.0 is Oreo. As is now tradition, Google has, until now, been referring to the latest version of its mobile operating system by its assigned letter. However, the company has confirmed that the O actually stands for Oreo.

Every version of Android since Android 1.5 (Cupcake) has been named after a sweet treat. It’s actually become a game to guess what the name of the next version. There weren’t many suitable O names to choose from, so most people guessed it would be Oreo. And so it came to pass…

Android Oreo Is Here At Last

Android Oreo has arrived. Finally. Oreo, or Android 8.0 to give it its more boring name, is the latest version of Android. And while it isn’t exactly revolutionary in terms of what it brings to the party, the new features and improved functionality help to make Android better than ever.

Android Oreo brings with it picture-in-picture, letting you see two apps at once, and notification dots, letting you see what’s new in your apps. There are also redesigned emojis, quicker startup times, better battery life, and stronger security thanks to Google Play Protect.

The problem with Android Oreo, as with all previous versions of Android, is it will take a long time to filter out to devices in the wild. Google has already released Android Oreo to developers, but only owners of Pixel and Nexus devices should expect an OTA update anytime soon.

Google states that “Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo”. Unfortunately, most of us will have to get Android Oreo features elsewhere.

Android Is Getting More Fragmented

Android is, in many ways, superior to iOS. However, the one major area of concern is the level of fragmentation. Sure, that’s the nature of offering an open-source operating system, but this level of inconsistency is inherently bad for consumers. Sadly, Oreo is just making it worse.

Do you own an Android device? What version of Android is it currently running? Do you wish you had access to a newer version of Android? Is fragmentation something Google needs to fix? Are you looking forward to using Android Oreo? The comments are open below.

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  1. bigm
    August 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hmm. Interesting. I have Android 7 right now. Will be interesting to see when and how this plays out. What is interesting is what they say some of the new features are things that was once in use but they got right of and some are already out there. So still trying to see what really is 'new' about it... Time will tell. lol

  2. Jacob in the wake up
    August 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I got a Nexus 5X, so I'm desperately waiting for an update. Any hints when it might be? Hope it will be soon.

  3. Gazoo
    August 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Android 8.0... everytime you use the name Oreo, you are doing Google's work and becoming their unpaid pawns to help advertise for a 3rd-party company - which probably paid Google a small fortune for that grotesque new mascot.

    Seriously... look at the mascot. It's more cookie than Android. You are already allowing yourselves to be tracked, data-mined, have your personal lives shared with 3rd-parties... don't also become unpaid labor. Google wants you to use the name of a cookie company, they should pay you!

    • William Vasquez
      August 23, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Android used Kit-Kat before Lollipop and neither received any compensation from the Kit-Kat brand owners for using the name, nor were any royalties paid to Kit-Kat for the use of the name. It was an understanding that as long as Kit-Kat didn't sue Google for copyright infringement, Kit-Kat got free advertisement. I'm sure something along the same lines is happening with Nabisco Oreo.

    • Fik of the borg
      August 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      So, what's wrong if two companies benefit from each other, both of them unrelated to you? Unless you are a representative of the infamous Apple-Graham cartel, in which case you can always say "the cookie that shall not be named" he hehe.

      I agree that the mascot is hideous, just an Oreo pasted over the android's body . The even kept the green color instead of chocolate-ing the whole thing, it looks minty.