Android 8 Oreo – Video Review and everything you need to know!

Android 8 Oreo – Video Review and everything you need to know! Android Oreo officially arrived Monday August 21 during the solar eclipse. The over-the-air (OTA) update began rolling out immediately to supported Pixel and Nexus devices and factory images were posted on the Android Developers’ site the same day.

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The Android O release ultimately became Android 8 Oreo, as predicted by pretty much everyone the first time they thought of a sweet treat starting with ‘o’. Like last year, the final public version was preceded by a series of developer preview builds. The first developer preview arrived in mid-March, with the second developer preview dropping during Google I/O in mid-May, and the third in mid-June. The fourth and final preview arrived in mid-July, right on schedule. The public version of Android 8 Oreo was out for supported Pixel, Nexus and Android One devices starting August 21.

Android 8 Oreo general visual changes

Most of the major visual changes in Android Oreo are relegated to the redesigned settings menu, but there are a few minor tweaks elsewhere in the UI like in the notification shade. Material Design is still the order of the day because Android 8 Oreo focuses on important background changes like notification channels to provide even greater control over the Android system.

Some long-awaited features like picture-in-picture mode and unread notification app badges have finally landed while some entirely new features like better Bluetooth audio support and adaptive icons are a welcome addition.

Stop apps from displaying over other apps

Toggles now appear in the App Info menu that allow you to disable the ability for selected apps to draw over the top of other apps. If you want to remove the persistent notification alerting you to apps generating a screen overlay, you’ll have to dig into the Android System notifications. Go to Settings > Apps and notifications > App info > Show system (via overflow menu) > Android system > App notifications and flip the “Display over other apps” toggle to off. You can see all the apps with permission to write over other apps by going to Settings > Apps and Notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Display over other apps.

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Adaptive notification dots

If you cast your mind back to Google I/O 2017 you might remember Google demoing notification dots (which are essentially numberless notification badges with nifty launcher shortcuts) which would be coming up in Android O. In dev preview 3 we saw notification dots with a standard blue color. This time around the dots appear in various colors drawn from the app icon they relate to.

New system app icon for Android 8 Oreo

System apps have received an updated icon that looks a little more Material although it is not implemented in every case, so you’ll still see the old Android head as well (like, for example, in the wallpapers or NFC service). To check it out, just go to Settings > Apps and notifications > App info > Show system (via overflow menu) and scroll through the list. Pixel devices get a circular icon by default while Nexuses get a square icon.

Check out Android’s website to see more about the update.

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