Android 8.0 Oreo (Beta) Test

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Android 8.0 Oreo (Beta) Test

Keep these new or updated features of the Android operating system in mind when building and testing your mobile apps.

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Android Oreo, aka Android 8.0, leaves a good impression - even if some new features still feel rather small-scale. Google brings new features such as picture-in-picture and system improvements under the hood, which promise more security and battery life. We have tested Android Oreo in the Beta 3 version, which does not differ materially from the final version.

Android Oreo: Design Changes

Revolutionary design change the user interface (UI) look in vain. Since the introduction of material design with Android 5, Google has found a largely clear line, which the manufacturer only further optimizes with each Android version, but does not completely overdo as in years before. Users do not need to get used to it because the design language does not change at all. Android Oreo, aka 8.0, brings only important tuning under the hood and many innovations in detail.

Android 8 With Advanced Notifications

This includes the display of missed messages in the respective app icon. Google fades in a small point; Apple and Samsung, who have had the feature for a long time, mention the exact number of unread notifications. If you hold down an app icon for a moment, a suitable context menu opens in a mini-window. Not only can an excerpt from the new message be read there, but users can also access two further context-specific interaction options. It's reminiscent of Apple's 3D Touch.

For example, you can start messages directly from the home screen, open tabs, call favorites, or navigate to navigation destinations. In addition, you can easily place suitable widgets on the screen from here. For our taste, the news preview is so small that it is hardly useful. Incidentally, Google has partially introduced context options in Android 7.1; Android Oreo only extends the possibilities.

Snooze Feature for App Info

Google has also expanded the notification options in the Info Center. Anyone swiping the notice boards aside will reveal a clock and a settings icon. Tapping the clock puts the alarm on hold, instructing it to ring again after a certain amount of time (about 15 minutes). For the adjustment wheel, the user makes general instructions for the respective app; here, if desired, signals for a tool also turn off.

Furthermore, Android Oreo introduces so-called notification classes for app classes. Users can set the alarm options of these channels individually to configure all apps of a type at the same time. This should improve the ease of use and reduce the "nerve" factor of push news.

Picture-in-Picture Instead of Multi-Window Only

There has been a multi-window mode in the native Google Android since version 7. Android 8 extends the feature to a picture-in-picture mode, as you know it from TVs (including Android TV). In the beta version, you can turn on picture-in-picture mode with a trick for YouTube: go to YouTube in the Chrome browser, go to the three-point menu, get the desktop version, go to full-screen, and then press the home button. Basically, developers have to make their apps fit for the feature.

Then pops up a small sliding window that overlays all other content. If you type in this window once, the system will zoom in a bit and show control bars. However, you can not see much content in the Winzig windows. With video calling via Skype and Co., the feature is likely to be practical if you want to look something up at the same time.

Faster Updates: Project Treble

One of the most important changes takes place under the hood. Google wants to bring updates to the market faster and thus secure third-party devices. As part of the so-called Project Treble, the substructure is changed. Google separates the Android framework from low-level software such as drivers and thus regains the ability to update via system-specific changes.

This does not solve the Google update problem, but it minimizes it. Often, device drivers also contain safety-critical bugs, which in this case should first be fixed by the manufacturers of the components and then downloaded by the manufacturer of the smartphone. After all, Project Treble is a big step in the right direction.

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