The Next Version Of Android Will Be Named Oreo

Google has announced the next-generation version of its Android operating system. The name will be Oreo as in the cookie. Much like with Kit Kat, there’s a clear tie in with the product in question as evidenced by this video:

Key features include:

  • Notification Dots to make it easier to see which apps have new content to display.
  • A long tap on an app icon now displays information like the last notification received.
  • App widgets which is much like 3D Touch does on iOS.
  • Picture-in-picture support allows users to watch video content while using other apps, which is coming to iOS.
  • A new autofill feature remembers login information to allow for quicker username and password entry.
  • Support for new Unicode 10 emoji is included.

You can see the full feature list here.

The update is available today through Google’s Android Open Source Project, with Google planning to roll it out to Pixel and Nexus devices in the near future as soon as carrier testing is complete. If you own some other Android phone, you may have to wait a while for it to appear on your device as device manufacturers in the Android space tend not to be too quick to roll these updates out.

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