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    August 22, 2017

    Android 8.0 Oreo goes official, rolls out to beta program devices

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    Google has officially announced the next build of Android as 8.0 Oreo, and has begun rolling out the update to devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program.

    As if there were any lingering uncertainty, Google has officially knighted the latest build of Android as 8.0 Oreo – and the Mountain View company has now begun the process of releasing the update to devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program.

    Android 8.0 Oreo will serve as a smaller but still significant update, and in lieu of graphical overhauls or UI tweaks will primarily focus on fixing some of the operating system’s most prominent pain points.

    For example, the update will introduce Project Treble – a new initiative to ensure that Android updates reach consumers far more quickly. Project Treble aims to ‘modularize’ Android by separating the operating system-specific code from ‘vendor specific’ hardware code – in theory, this would allow Android updates to arrive on devices with no intervention needed on behalf of hardware vendors.

    Read: Project Treble: Google’s new plan to roll out Android updates

    Another sizeable addition is the presence of Android Go; Go is a lightweight ‘profile’ within Android 8.0 Oreo that tailors experiences to match the power of devices with 1GB of RAM or less. Go will enable manufacturers to produce many more entry-level devices without the need to acquire expensive components, and that consumers can finally acquire an entry-level Android device, connect to the internet, and access many of the same services that those already online enjoy.

    Go will further leverage lightweight variants of popular applications – such as YouTube – which will demand lesser processing power to run effectively.

    Lastly, Oreo will introduce a new featured dubbed Seamless Updates, which will introduce a dual system partition, meaning that users will be able to use their device on ‘System A’ while updates are applied to ‘System B’. This means, in essence, that devices in future will be able to stream updates, download, and install them while a user continues to enjoy their device – leaving only a quick reboot necessary to cement the upgrade.

    Read: Android O will stream updates to smartphones, even if onboard storage is full

    Android 8.0 Oreo is now available to devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program – to enable the update, owners of a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or a Nexus Player need only enroll in the program, sign in with their Google account, and then await the arrival of the update on their device.

    What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to using Android 8.0 Oreo in the near future? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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