Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new in Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo software update for smartphones and tablets. Then, we’ll compare the changes to Android 7.0 Nougat so owners know what to expect from the Android Oreo update.

You’ll find well over 50 changes in Oreo, but only a few are quickly noticeable. That’s because most are behind the scenes tweaks but will still make a big difference during daily use. Some noteworthy additions include bundled notifications, smart text selection, notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, new Android emoji and more.

Read: How to Enable Android Instant Apps

Google promises a smarter, faster and more powerful experience on Android Oreo. Today, most users have Android 7.0 Nougat which debuted on August 22nd, 2016. And now one year later, Android 8.0 is coming soon to millions of devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and more.

Oreo is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and media devices that support it. However, Google released an early developer preview beta earlier this year, only available for Nexus and Pixel users. That said, it’s now ready for users around the globe. The official Android Oreo release date is August 21st, 2017.

Read: 100 Best Android Apps & Games

Currently, most Google Pixel or Nexus devices already have Android 8.0 Oreo. They were the first devices to receive an update. Almost every other smartphone or tablet is on the latest Android Nougat release as manufacturers begin preparing for the Oreo release.

During the announcement, Google confirmed multiple key manufacturers have worked closely with them to offer updates to Android 8.0 Oreo faster than ever before. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such a promise, but these are the company’s that should release updates before the end of 2017: Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony. Again, all before the end of the year.

With that said, you now have an understanding of Android 8.0 Oreo and know it’s coming soon to a device you probably own. So what’s new and what can you expect? Read on for more details.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

New Android 8 features allow you to do more with your phone and tablet And do more easier and faster. Users will enjoy bundled notifications that are easier to manage and read or the new picture-in-picture mode for video. Essentially allowing you to watch a video (or video chat) while doing other things on the phone at the same time. Adaptive and dynamic app icons, an easy text selection tool, and auto-fill in apps like Google Chrome. Android will remember your passwords and logins inside apps. Not to mention faster performance and big changes to make your battery last longer.

Some of what’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo

Here is a detailed list explaining many of the new features. Basically, expect a faster, smarter, and safer experience throughout. Keyword being smarter, as Google added tons of changes that happen automatically to make our devices better.

Keep in mind that some of the changes detailed in our slideshow below are from Android 8.0 Oreo on a Pixel device, or show Android 7.1.2 Nougat on a Nexus 6P. Depending on what Android device you own, things may look slightly different. Not to mention some manufacturers like Samsung and HTC hand-pick which features to add to their phones, and leave others out.

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Comparison Walkthrough

In closing, here is a slideshow detailing new features and how they compare to Android Nougat. You can click any image below to instantly jump to that part of the slideshow to see what’s new. Additionally, the older Android 7.0 Nougat software will always be on the left (if available) while Android 8.0 Oreo features are on the right or by themselves.

We’ll update with more details as they become available. Expect big companies like Samsung or HTC to include most changes, although they may look slightly different. This is because manufacturers add their own skin to stock Android. Keep that in mind as you explore everything that’s new in Android Oreo. Enjoy all it has to offer and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns.

Notification Dots

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Notification Dots

One of the most noticeable and noteworthy changes in Oreo is how it handles notifications. From the new notification dots to bundled notifications making our pull down bar easier to read and navigate. 

With Notification Dots, you'll always know which apps have something new to show you thanks to a small color-matched dot on the top right corner. We've seen something similar from iOS for years, but Google is doing things a little different. 

Any icon with the notification dot has something new or unread (unseen). You can then long-press the icon for a quick glance. Instantly read a text message without opening your text message app. Or even start a new conversation from this same pop-up. 

Notification Dots are extremely helpful in giving us more information, faster and easier, at a glance. They even work in the application tray. You can long-press any app icon with a dot and customize it to control which notifications you want to see.

This isn't available on Nougat unless you use a third party launcher, like NOVA.  

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Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new in Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo software update for smartphones and tablets. Then, we’ll compare the changes to Android 7.0 Nougat so owners know what to expect from the Android Oreo update.

You’ll find well over 50 changes in Oreo, but only a few are quickly noticeable. That’s because most are behind the scenes tweaks but will still make a big difference during daily use. Some noteworthy additions include bundled notifications, smart text selection, notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, new Android emoji and more.

Read: How to Enable Android Instant Apps

Google promises a smarter, faster and more powerful experience on Android Oreo. Today, most users have Android 7.0 Nougat which debuted on August 22nd, 2016. And now one year later, Android 8.0 is coming soon to millions of devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and more.

Oreo is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and media devices that support it. However, Google released an early developer preview beta earlier this year, only available for Nexus and Pixel users. That said, it’s now ready for users around the globe. The official Android Oreo release date is August 21st, 2017.

Read: 100 Best Android Apps & Games

Currently, most Google Pixel or Nexus devices already have Android 8.0 Oreo. They were the first devices to receive an update. Almost every other smartphone or tablet is on the latest Android Nougat release as manufacturers begin preparing for the Oreo release.

During the announcement, Google confirmed multiple key manufacturers have worked closely with them to offer updates to Android 8.0 Oreo faster than ever before. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such a promise, but these are the company’s that should release updates before the end of 2017: Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony. Again, all before the end of the year.

With that said, you now have an understanding of Android 8.0 Oreo and know it’s coming soon to a device you probably own. So what’s new and what can you expect? Read on for more details.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

New Android 8 features allow you to do more with your phone and tablet And do more easier and faster. Users will enjoy bundled notifications that are easier to manage and read or the new picture-in-picture mode for video. Essentially allowing you to watch a video (or video chat) while doing other things on the phone at the same time. Adaptive and dynamic app icons, an easy text selection tool, and auto-fill in apps like Google Chrome. Android will remember your passwords and logins inside apps. Not to mention faster performance and big changes to make your battery last longer.

Some of what’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo

Here is a detailed list explaining many of the new features. Basically, expect a faster, smarter, and safer experience throughout. Keyword being smarter, as Google added tons of changes that happen automatically to make our devices better.

Keep in mind that some of the changes detailed in our slideshow below are from Android 8.0 Oreo on a Pixel device, or show Android 7.1.2 Nougat on a Nexus 6P. Depending on what Android device you own, things may look slightly different. Not to mention some manufacturers like Samsung and HTC hand-pick which features to add to their phones, and leave others out.

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Comparison Walkthrough

In closing, here is a slideshow detailing new features and how they compare to Android Nougat. You can click any image below to instantly jump to that part of the slideshow to see what’s new. Additionally, the older Android 7.0 Nougat software will always be on the left (if available) while Android 8.0 Oreo features are on the right or by themselves.

We’ll update with more details as they become available. Expect big companies like Samsung or HTC to include most changes, although they may look slightly different. This is because manufacturers add their own skin to stock Android. Keep that in mind as you explore everything that’s new in Android Oreo. Enjoy all it has to offer and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns.

Notification Dots

 1 / 17
Notification Dots

One of the most noticeable and noteworthy changes in Oreo is how it handles notifications. From the new notification dots to bundled notifications making our pull down bar easier to read and navigate. 

With Notification Dots, you'll always know which apps have something new to show you thanks to a small color-matched dot on the top right corner. We've seen something similar from iOS for years, but Google is doing things a little different. 

Any icon with the notification dot has something new or unread (unseen). You can then long-press the icon for a quick glance. Instantly read a text message without opening your text message app. Or even start a new conversation from this same pop-up. 

Notification Dots are extremely helpful in giving us more information, faster and easier, at a glance. They even work in the application tray. You can long-press any app icon with a dot and customize it to control which notifications you want to see.

This isn't available on Nougat unless you use a third party launcher, like NOVA.  

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Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new in Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo software update for smartphones and tablets. Then, we’ll compare the changes to Android 7.0 Nougat so owners know what to expect from the Android Oreo update.

You’ll find well over 50 changes in Oreo, but only a few are quickly noticeable. That’s because most are behind the scenes tweaks but will still make a big difference during daily use. Some noteworthy additions include bundled notifications, smart text selection, notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, new Android emoji and more.

Read: How to Enable Android Instant Apps

Google promises a smarter, faster and more powerful experience on Android Oreo. Today, most users have Android 7.0 Nougat which debuted on August 22nd, 2016. And now one year later, Android 8.0 is coming soon to millions of devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and more.

Oreo is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and media devices that support it. However, Google released an early developer preview beta earlier this year, only available for Nexus and Pixel users. That said, it’s now ready for users around the globe. The official Android Oreo release date is August 21st, 2017.

Read: 100 Best Android Apps & Games

Currently, most Google Pixel or Nexus devices already have Android 8.0 Oreo. They were the first devices to receive an update. Almost every other smartphone or tablet is on the latest Android Nougat release as manufacturers begin preparing for the Oreo release.

During the announcement, Google confirmed multiple key manufacturers have worked closely with them to offer updates to Android 8.0 Oreo faster than ever before. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such a promise, but these are the company’s that should release updates before the end of 2017: Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony. Again, all before the end of the year.

With that said, you now have an understanding of Android 8.0 Oreo and know it’s coming soon to a device you probably own. So what’s new and what can you expect? Read on for more details.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

New Android 8 features allow you to do more with your phone and tablet And do more easier and faster. Users will enjoy bundled notifications that are easier to manage and read or the new picture-in-picture mode for video. Essentially allowing you to watch a video (or video chat) while doing other things on the phone at the same time. Adaptive and dynamic app icons, an easy text selection tool, and auto-fill in apps like Google Chrome. Android will remember your passwords and logins inside apps. Not to mention faster performance and big changes to make your battery last longer.

Some of what’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo

Here is a detailed list explaining many of the new features. Basically, expect a faster, smarter, and safer experience throughout. Keyword being smarter, as Google added tons of changes that happen automatically to make our devices better.

Keep in mind that some of the changes detailed in our slideshow below are from Android 8.0 Oreo on a Pixel device, or show Android 7.1.2 Nougat on a Nexus 6P. Depending on what Android device you own, things may look slightly different. Not to mention some manufacturers like Samsung and HTC hand-pick which features to add to their phones, and leave others out.

Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Comparison Walkthrough

In closing, here is a slideshow detailing new features and how they compare to Android Nougat. You can click any image below to instantly jump to that part of the slideshow to see what’s new. Additionally, the older Android 7.0 Nougat software will always be on the left (if available) while Android 8.0 Oreo features are on the right or by themselves.

We’ll update with more details as they become available. Expect big companies like Samsung or HTC to include most changes, although they may look slightly different. This is because manufacturers add their own skin to stock Android. Keep that in mind as you explore everything that’s new in Android Oreo. Enjoy all it has to offer and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns.

Notification Dots

 1 / 17
Notification Dots

One of the most noticeable and noteworthy changes in Oreo is how it handles notifications. From the new notification dots to bundled notifications making our pull down bar easier to read and navigate. 

With Notification Dots, you'll always know which apps have something new to show you thanks to a small color-matched dot on the top right corner. We've seen something similar from iOS for years, but Google is doing things a little different. 

Any icon with the notification dot has something new or unread (unseen). You can then long-press the icon for a quick glance. Instantly read a text message without opening your text message app. Or even start a new conversation from this same pop-up. 

Notification Dots are extremely helpful in giving us more information, faster and easier, at a glance. They even work in the application tray. You can long-press any app icon with a dot and customize it to control which notifications you want to see.

This isn't available on Nougat unless you use a third party launcher, like NOVA.  

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Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Android Oreo Greatly Reduced Lock Screen Unlocking Latency

What people may perceive we can call “jank” or lag on an Android device can be explained in various ways. While most people focus on the smoothness and speed of a device when describing real-world performance, large delays and latency issues when performing animations can also produce visual annoyances and jarring breaks in responsiveness that contribute to our perception of a device’s lack of fluidity. The lock screen latency we (might) perceive when we unlock an Android device, for example, can make unlocking your phone quite jarring — but it should be going away with Android Oreo.

According to a new commit in AOSP, recent changes have caused this issue for a couple of different reasons. The commit author says that when we go from the lock screen to an application, Android now has to create a full starting window containing the snapshot. Before those recent changes were implemented, the Android OS was just showing a surface.

Also, when going from the lock screen to the home screen, Android can’t use the saved surface anymore (because it currently doesn’t support snapshotting translucent activities). The commit also mentions that in the long run, they want the home screen to be more involved into transitions. This means the operating system will have to wait for the first frame draw anyway. Googler Jorim Jaggi added additional latency in this transition 3 years ago, stating that he didn’t understand how to read systraces with binders involved at the time, though he rightly blamed that there was no available binder tracing then.

Now, though, they’ve been able to completely fix the latencies that all of the above introduced. By removing the wasteful 100ms latency, and they’ve made unlocking 30ms to 70ms better than before. The commit does warn that this requires “a lot more discipline” in SystemUI; the callback to dismiss Keyguard  (portion that handles lockscreen unlocking) takes around 30ms, but by moving all non-essential binder calls they’ve managed to bring it down to just 5ms, allowing the window animation and Keyguard animation to start at about the same time.

4 Reasons Not to Install Nexus 5X Android Oreo & 5 Reasons You Should

4 Reasons Not to Install Nexus 5X Android Oreo & 5 Reasons You Should is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Nexus 5X Android 8.0 Oreo update is an exciting update and most of you will want to install it. That said, there are a few reasons to avoid installing it right now or when the update arrives Over-the-Air.

Google’s Android Oreo update is finally out of beta and rolling out to replace the company’s Android Nougat update from 2016. It’s a substantial update for the Nexus 5X and it comes with a long list of features, tweaks, and enhancements.

Android 8.0 Oreo is an exciting update and it could have a significant impact on your phone’s performance. Some of you might seen improved battery life and UI speed. Others might notice severe battery drain and UI lag. It’s difficult to predict how Android 8.0 will impact your Nexus 5X so you’ll want to be extremely careful as you transition from Nougat to Oreo.

There are plenty of reasons to consider installing the Android 8.0 Oreo update manually or when the update arrives Over-the-Air from Google. Google says it’s working to certify the Nexus 5X’s Android Oreo update and a widespread OTA rollout should commence in the near future.

There are also a few reasons to hold off on an Android 8.0 Oreo installation for a few hours, a few days, or maybe even for a few weeks depending on your situation.

This guide will take you through the best reasons to install the Nexus 5X Android Oreo update and some reasons why you might want to take a raincheck.

Let’s start with a few reasons to consider installing Android Oreo right now or soon after it arrives for your Nexus 5X.

Install Android Oreo for the New Emojis

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Install Android Oreo for the New Emojis

One of the best reasons to install the Nexus 5X Android Oreo update right away is for the new, redesigned emoji characters. If you love sending out emojis to friends and family, you're probably going to love the changes in Android 8.0. 

Android 8.0 Oreo delivers over 60 new emoji characters for your device's keyboard. New emoji characters include a dinosaur, an exploding head, a wizard, and a fairy. 

On top of that, just about every emoji character has been redrawn and improved. Yes, those yellow blobs are finally gone and in their place is an experience that's similar (design-wise) to the one found in Apple's iOS for iPhone and iPad. 

It's a huge improvement from the emojis found in Android Nougat and it's a great reason to make the move up to Oreo in the near future. 

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4 Reasons Not to Install Nexus 5X Android Oreo & 5 Reasons You Should is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.