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New features of Android 8.0 Oreo

What is new in android 8.0 Oreo?

Finally much sweeter android 8.0 is out.Android 8.0 Oreo follows Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and it continues Google’s tradition of alphabetically naming its version updates after desserts.Every smartphone enthusiast will be eager to know the new features of Android 8.0 Oreo.
Android 8.0 Oreo Mascot
Android 8.0 doesn't have much visible overhauls from it's predecessors.But there are plenty of new useful features.These small small changes make Android version 8.0 an update you don’t want to miss.

2x faster booting

Google claims that boot time of Android 8.0 Oreo OS is 2x faster than its predecessors.Get started on your favorite tasks more quickly when powering up.

Autofill

Account creation, login, and credit card transactions take time and are prone to errors. Users can easily get frustrated with apps that require these types of repetitive tasks.With your permission, Autofill remembers your logins to get you into your favorite apps at supersonic speed.Think of Google Chrome browser’s autofill option, where it stores your login information or address, and allows you to easily add it into forms.

Smart Text selection

Smart Text Selection is also one of those features you won’t appreciate until you use it. We’ve all had to copy an address or phone number from one app, and then open the corresponding app such as Google Maps or your phone dialer to paste it in. Now with Smart Text Selection, when you highlight a phone number, for example, you’ll get the option to jump into the dialer app immediately.

Picture-in-Picture

Android 8.0 allows activities to launch in picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. PIP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback.
android 8.0 picture-in-picture
Picture-in-Picture
Suppose you are watching your favourite YouTube videos and you want to text your friend without interrupting.This feature it lets you continue watching a YouTube video or a video call when you exit the app. The video now acts like a floating pop-up over the home screen or other app you’re using, allowing you to multitask.

Notification

Biggest change in Android 8.0 Oreo that a user will experience is it's redesigned notification behavior and settings.
  • Notification Dots:Press the notification dots to quickly see what's new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
Android 8.0 provided innovative notification control feture
  • Notification channels: Android 8.0 introduces notification channels(notification categories) that allows user to customize each type of notification you want to display.This feature brings more control over what notifications you see. Press and hold a notification, and you can see a toggle to block all notifications from an app.
  • Notification Snoozing: Users can snooze notifications, which causes them to disappear for a period of time before reappearing.

Google Play Protect

Working to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven't installed yet!Even installing apps from outside the Play Store is now a little more secure. If you go to Settings > Security > Google Play Protect, it will tell you when it last checked your app and device for “harmful behavior.”

Better battery back up

Whether you're talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong and full of life.Features like Background Location Limits,Background Execution Limits etc.. make this possible.
  • Background Location Limits:In an effort to reduce power consumption, Android 8.0 (API level 26) limits how frequently background apps can retrieve the user's current location. Apps can receive location updates only a few times each hour.
  • Background execution limits:Whenever an app runs in the background, it consumes some of the device's limited resources, like RAM. This can result in an impaired user experience, especially if the user is using a resource-intensive app, such as playing a game or watching video. To improve the user experience, Android 8.0 Oreo imposes limitations on what apps can do while running in the background.

New Emojis

Android Oreo new emojis
Android 8.0 Comes with lot more interesting emojis
Android 8.0 Oreo is packed with over 60 new emoji.

Adaptive icons

Android 8.0  introduces adaptive launcher icons. Adaptive icons support visual effects, and can display a variety of shapes across different device models
android 8.0 icon shapes
Android Oreo icon shapes
Android 8.0 devices allows user to choose  icon shape.A number of options like Square,Rounded Square,Squircle and Teardrop are there to choose from.

Downloadable fonts

Applications no longer need to bundle custom fonts, which helps reduce their size.Fonts can be downloaded and installed separately.

Wi-Fi Aware

Android 8.0 adds support for Wi-Fi Aware.On devices with the appropriate Wi-Fi Aware hardware, apps and nearby devices can discover and communicate over Wi-Fi without an Internet access point.

Pointer capture

Some apps, such as games, remote desktop, and virtualization clients, greatly benefit from getting control over the mouse pointer. Pointer capture is a new feature in Android 8.0  that provides such control by delivering all mouse events to a focused view in your app.

Integrated printing support

Android8.0 comes with inbuilt printer support.Android Oreo devices will be compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.

Project Treble

The biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates.

Android 7.0 Nougat’s release in August 2016, the version is only installed on 13.5 percent of Android devices. iOS 10, on the other hand, is installed on 86 percent of devices. When Google rolls out an update, chipmakers, manufacturers, and carriers all need to test it out to make sure nothing breaks, and this process can take months, if not more.Project Treble attempts to mitigate the issue by separating the Android code to make it easier for chipmakers like Qualcomm to find and make sure the software works with its processors.

For explore more about new feature in Android 8.0 Oreo, visit official site of Android and android developer site . Don't forget to share  'What is new with Android 8.0 Oreo' with your friends.

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Microsoft is testing app that brings Cortana to Android’s lock screen

Cortana for Android

cortana for android

Microsoft has introduced a new application that brings its AI assistant front and center on Google’s mobile OS Android.This application is available in play store for download.Currently cortana for android is in testing phase.
The feature is similar to Cortana's behavior on Windows 10.It can answer questions and perform other tasks without requiring a login from lock screen itself. If the action requires another app, Cortana prompts you to unlock your device. 

How to use cortana on android phone

Microsoft is already testing the beta program for Cortana on Android.It will get a wider release in the coming weeks.
How to install and use cortana on android

After the installation you will be asked to enter your Microsoft account credentials.If you don't have one yet, you can create a new account. 
Once you install the new update and open Cortana, it’ll ask you to enable “Cortana on lock screen” — and clicking on the “Add Cortana to my lock screen” button will enable this feature on your phone. 
After that, Cortana logo will show up near the bottom of your lock screen and you can swipe the logo left or right to open up the Cortana panel — similar to how the camera shortcut works on most Android devices.
From the Cortana panel on your lock screen you can Cortana anything you want.Since app is in development phase, microsoft warns this cortana app for android may be unstable.For text inputs,keyboard is also provided along with voice input.

Main features of cortana for android

  • Cortana on the lock screen works with your existing lock screen on Andriod — this means if you are using a custom lock screen app such as Microsoft’s own Next Lock Screen, Cortana will still work on the lock screen. 
  • Cortana on lock screen doesn’t require you to unlock your phone — so anyone would theoretically be able to access your data without having to unlock the device.
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HMD launches its first Nokia Android Nougat Phone in China :Nokia 6

Nokia 6:first Nokia Android from its New owner HMD Global

The first Nokia Android smartphone from the new owner HMD Global has finally arrived. From the first look, the Nokia 6 could stand next to some of the phones from major companies.Finnish company HMD Global, which acquired the rights to release Nokia-branded devices after Microsoft abandoned it.
Nokia 6 first android smartphone from HMD
Nokia 6

HMD Global announced the launch of the 5.5-inch Nokia 6 on 8th January 2017. It will only be available in China, as HMD said "it seeks to to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world."

Nokia 6 Specifications

  • Network:Nokia 6 is a LTE(4G) smartphone 
  • Android OS:Nokia 6 runs Nougat out of the box. 
  • Display:It has a 5.5-inch HD screen, 2.5D Gorilla Glass
  • Camera:16MP rear and 8MB front cameras, 
  • Processor:Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 processor and
  • RAM:It packs 4GB of RAM
  • Storage capacity: 64GB of storage.
In the press release dated 8.1.2017,HMD announced
Nokia 6 will be available exclusively in China through JD.com. Available in early 2017, Nokia 6 is 1699 CNY
New design philosophy embraces much-loved Nokia phone hallmarks of quality, superior craftsmanship and relentless focus on the consumer experience
Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017
With the arrival of Nokia 6, consumers will see superior craftsmanship and design quality in action. It takes 55 minutes to machine a single Nokia 6 from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium. It then receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times. The end result is an aluminium unibody with the highest level of visual and structural quality.

Price of Nokia 6

Nokia 6 will debut exclusively through JD.com in early 2017 in China. Competitively priced for the aspirational smartphone user, the Nokia 6 is 1699 CNY (245.57$)at JD.com.
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New features of android 7.0 Nougat

following its naming convention google named android 7 as Nougat
Android is getting sweeter with every new version.The version history of the Android mobile operating system began with the release of the Android alpha in November 5, 2007. The first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released in September 2008. Android is continually developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), and it has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since the initial release.
Versions 1.0 and 1.1 were not released under specific code names, but since April 2009's Android 1.5 "Cupcake", Android versions have had sweets-themed names. Each is in alphabetical order, with the most recent major version being Android 7.0 "Nougat", released in August 2016.

different versions of android
Android Version History at a glance

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7 Nougat (Android N) is the seventh major version of the Android OS. First released as a beta build on March 9, 2016, it was officially released on August 22, 2016, with Nexus devices being the first to receive the update.LG V20 was the first new smartphone released with Nougat.

What is new in Android 7 Nougat?

Google has included lot of innovative features in Android 7.1 Nougat.
Multi Locale language settings:Now with android 7 nougat you can switch between different language directly from google keyboard by a single touch.

New emojis:Over 1500 emoji including 72 new ones

Multi-window view and Quick switch between apps:Now you can switch between apps with a double tap, and run two apps side by side. So go ahead and watch a movie while texting, or read a recipe with your timer open.

Multi-window view

High performance graphics:Vulkan™ API is a game changer with high-performance 3D graphics. On supported devices, see apps spring to life with sharper graphics and eye-candy effects.
Android Nougat ensures High performance graphics

High quality virtual reality:With VR mode, Android Nougat is ready to transport you to new worlds. Available on Daydream-ready phones.Daydream is the virtual reality technology developed by google team.Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. They’re powered by the new Android 7.0 Nougat.

google daydream headset with controller
google daydream headset with controller


Daydream VR supporting phones:
This is just the start. More Daydream-ready phones are on the horizon.

Doze on the Go:Doze now helps save battery power even when you're on the move. So your device will still go into low power usage while you carry it in your pocket or purse.

Personalisation and notification:More personalised settings and smarter notifications
.
Customised Quick Settings:Rearrange your Quick Setting tiles so you can get to what you want faster.

Notification ,Direct Reply:Mini conversations within your notifications let you reply on the go – without opening any app.
Direct reply  feature in Android 7.1

Bundled notifications:See what's new at a glance with bundled notifications from apps. Simply tap to expand and view more info without having to open the app.

Data Saver:Limit how much data your device uses with Data Saver. When Data Saver is turned on, apps in the background won't be able to access mobile data.

Notification Controls:When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.

Display size:Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of the icons and the experience itself.

Seamless Updates :On select new devices, software updates download in the background, so you won't have to wait while your device syncs with the latest security tools.

File-based encryption :By encrypting at the file level, Android can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.

Direct Boot :Starting your device is faster and apps run securely even before you enter your password

List of android 7 Nougat phones

HTC Android phones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update

  • HTC 10
  • HTC One A9 
  • HTC One M9 

Samsung Android Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus 

LG Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

  • LG V20 (the LG V20 had Nougat out of the box)
  • LG G5 
  • LG G4

Sony phones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z4 tablet
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia XA

Motorola Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

  • Moto G4 Plus 
  • Moto G4 
  • Moto G4 Play 
  • Moto Z 
  • Moto Z Force 
  • Moto X Force 
  • Moto X Style 
  • Moto X Play 
  • Moto G Turbo 
  • Droid Turbo 2 

OnePlus Smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update:

  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 2
  • OnePlus X

Android One Smartphones to receive Nougat updates

  • Cherry Mobile G1 
  • Lava Pixel 1 
  • Karbonn Sparkle V 
  • Micromax Canvas A1
  • Spice Dream UNO 
  • Infinix Hot 2 
More Android One devices will be getting the update in coming days.

Google phones to receive ANDROID 7.0 Nougat

Google Pixel phones ran Android 7.1 out of the box
  • Nexus 6, 
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C 

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