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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.