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.

How to Enable Android Instant Apps

How to Enable Android Instant Apps is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide details how to enable Android Instant Apps, which lets you use an app without downloading it to your device. Google debuted this exciting feature in 2016, and now it’s readily available. With the recent release of Android 8.0 Oreo, more users are looking to take advantage of Instant Apps.

Downloading an app from the Google Play Store takes time, and more importantly, data. With Instant Apps, you don’t need to download anything as Google provides a cloud-based version of the app.

Instant Apps gives you full access to an apps beautiful design, interface, performance and even check-out experience without downloading it first. Google explains this as a “try before you buy” (or download) type thing. Instant apps are available from a web search or shared link for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above.

Google rolled out full support for Instant Apps in February of 2017, and claims over 500 million devices have access to it. The problem though, is you need to enable it in settings first. That said, it’s enabled by default on Android 8.0 Oreo.

How to Enable Android Instant Apps

To find out if your Android device has access to Instant Apps, follow the instructions below.

  • Head to Settings in the app tray or by tapping the gear-shaped settings button in the notification bar
  • Scroll through settings and find the tab labeled Google
  • Under the Services category select Instant Apps
  • Toggle the feature to ON with the slider at the top right of your screen
  • Agree to the terms and tap Yes, I’m In

Once you’ve completed the steps above your Android device is now ready to find and use Instant Apps. According to Google, there are over 55+ apps with support for Instant Apps, with more coming soon. Now, all you need to do is search for a compatible app.

How to Use Android Instant Apps

You can use Instant Apps in a few different ways. The easiest one is simply searching Google for one of the supported apps. They’ll also work if you click on a web link, URL, or social media post. So if you find something for sale on Wish in a Google search, click the product link and the Wish Instant App will automatically open. Additionally, you’ll be able to use the full app, pay, and check out without installing Wish.

Some of the popular options with Instant Apps support are BuzzFeed, Wish, Tasty, NYTimes, Periscope, Vimeo, Crosswords, Citymapper, OneFootball and even

  • In Google Search look for Wish, BuzzFeed, and many others
  • Tap one of the first results, if next to the app name you see the word Instant
  • Select Open App to get started, or tap Get the App to download it from Google Play
  • The app loads instantly and you can use it like any other app, only you didn’t download it

Most Instant Apps give users full access to any options or services. With Wish, you can see your account, browse items for sale and even complete a secure checkout.

What’s happening here is Google temporarily added key aspects of the app to your device from the cloud. Once you’re done, everything gets removed as if nothing happened. Making the experience fast and smooth, yet you didn’t download anything or waste valuable space on your smartphone or tablet.

Other Details

If you want to download the app after testing it out simply pull down the notification bar on your device and tap App Info. From here you’ll see a page that looks like the Google Play Store where you can download it to your device.

Keep in mind that the Android Instant Apps feature is still slowly rolling out to all Android devices, or getting support from app developers. This means some might not see the option in settings, and some apps won’t work right away.

This is an exciting feature that has tons of potential. If the option to enable it isn’t available yet check back in the near future.

How to Enable Android Instant Apps is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to flash Android Oreo on your Nexus or Pixel

At today’s big Eclipse-centered event, Google formally took the veil off of Android 8.0 Oreo. After several preview builds, the final, stable version is now preparing to land. While it shouldn’t take very long for the update to formally hit select Nexus and Pixel devices, but for those that don’t like waiting, you can manually flash it to a supported device.

So what devices will work with Oreo? The Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Nexus Player all made the cut. As for how hard it is to flash? Actually, it’s pretty easy. There are a few hoops to go through, but nothing too difficult. Of course, as with everything flashing, you’re doing so at your own risk.

For those that are familiar with flashing, there’s really nothing new about this process with Android Oreo. If you’re never flashed an update at all, this guide will take you through everything you need to know about the process.

What will you need before you get started?

  • A compatible Nexus or Pixel device along with a USB cable to connect it to your computer.
  • The Android SDK installed on your machine with ADB and Fastboot command successfully working. Here’s a tutorial on how to do that.
  • You’ll also need the appropriate factory image for your device. Go to this website to download them and make sure you get the right one for your device. It’s worth it to spend a moment to make sure you have the right one rather than have to deal with the issues of downloading the wrong one.
  • You’ll also need 7zip or a similar program that can handle .tgz and .tar files. You can download 7zip for free here.
  • You will also need to unlock your bootloader. Beware, this will erase your data. It’s also worth noting that flashing a factory image will also erase your data. Make sure to back it up!

Unlocking your bootloader

Before you get started, if your phone’s bootloader has never been unlocked, you’ll need to do a few extra steps before manually installing Android O. Remember, opening the bootloader will reset your phone, losing all personal data.

With that out of the way:

  1. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to turn on developer options. To do so, you just need to go to “About Phone” and tap seven times on “Build Number”.
  2. From there, enable USB debugging and OEM unlock on your Nexus/Pixel device. These can be found in “developer options” section.
  3. Go ahead and plug in your device to your PC via USB cable now.
  4. Open a command window on the PC.
  5. Boot your Pixel device into bootloader mode using the following command: adb reboot bootloader (if it requests you to authorize this, say yes)
  6. Your device will boot into bootloader mode. From here type the command: fastboot flashing unlock
  7. For the Pixel family, you’ll get a confirmation screen. Press Volume Up to highlight yes, and power to select it. This will begin bootloader unlocking process.
  8. Once unlocked, your device will reboot into bootloader mode. Now you simply need to type fastboot reboot.
  9. During this reboot, your device will go through a factor reset. This part is now over.

How to manually install Android Oreo on a Nexus or Pixel device

Keep in mind that this process is pretty straightforward, but things can and do go wrong if you don’t carefully follow instructions. With that out of the way, here’s what you need to do:

  1. If you aren’t in the bootloader menu still, you’ll need to go back in. From here, you’ll want to test that your device and PC are communicating by typing fastboot devices — if it comes back with your device’s serial number, you’re golden. If not, you’ll probably need to hit up Google search for some troubleshooting.
  2. Next, it’s time to prepare the factory image you downloaded earlier. On your computer, use 7zip to extract the .tgz file you downloaded. Use 7zip a second time to extract the .tar file you extracted from the .tgz. When you’re done, you should have a folder with several files in it.
  3. Copy all of these files and paste them in the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK on your computer. If you followed the above tutorial, this should be under the C drive, then under Program Files (x86) on Windows. Linux users, you know where you put it.
  4. There are two flash-all files. If you’re in Windows, you’ll want to double click the one that has the gear logo and says “Windows Batch File” on the right. If you’re on Linux, you’ll want to double click the
  5. At this point a box should pop up and you should see the installation taking place. While this is going on, do not unplug your device for any reason. Let it do its thing.
  6. Once the installation process as finished, your device will automatically reboot and you should see the Android O boot animation start up. You can now safely disconnect your device from your computer.

That should be it. If this method doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, there are a few other ways to go about things and to figure out the method that works best for you, we suggest either ask away in the comments to see if anyone can help you out, or hit up Google search. Additionally, checkout the Android Authority Forums and ask there if you can’t quite get things figured out. Good luck, have fun, and we hope you enjoy the latest preview!

It’s official: Google announces Android 8.0 Oreo, rolling out to devices soon

Surprising pretty much no one, Google has revealed that the next major version of Android, version 8.0, will be called Android Oreo. The name was revealed earlier today during a live stream following the solar eclipse.

This isn't the first time Google partnered with a company for an Android name

More on that name. The name ‘Oreo’ has been licensed from Nabisco, but if you recall, this isn’t the first time Google partnered with a company for an Android name. Android 4.4 was called KitKat, and through that partnership we saw Android-branded KitKat bars in stores all around the world. Who’s looking forward to Oreo boxes with Android branding? I know I am.

I’m just glad they didn’t choose something more awkward like Ozark Pudding or Oliebol.

What’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo? For those completely unfamiliar with the changes Google is planning to introduce with Android Oreo, here’s the quick rundown:

First and foremost, Oreo will bring a number of behind-the-scenes changes like background limits for apps to improve battery life, Bluetooth audio improvements, Google Play Protect to help on the security front, and other important changes in vital system behavior for apps built for Oreo. Android Oreo will also bring faster boot speeds (up to twice as fast on the Pixel), a much better Autofill implementation, plus support for Android Instant Apps.

There are also some user-facing additions such as adaptive notification dots, wider support for picture-in-picture mode, over 60 new emoji, a new look for media notifications and the quick settings menu, a redesigned settings menu, adaptive icons, notification channels, and, of course, the Octopus Easter egg.

To learn more about all of these features in greater detail, check out our Android 8.0 features and changes article.

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Everything new in Android O: features and changes

Everything new in Android O: features and changes

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This final version of Android 8 won’t introduce many changes that we didn’t already see in the other Android O developer previews. It’s basically a much more stable version of what we’ve seen before, but that’s certainly not a bad thing.

When will your phone get the Android 8.0 Oreo update? Good question. Google says Android 8.0 will begin rolling out to all current Pixel and Nexus devices – the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player – sometime “soon”. If you happen to be enrolled in the Android Beta Program, your device will automatically be updated to the stable build of Android Oreo.

Google also notes that it’s been “working closely” with partners, and by the end of 2017, hardware makers including Huawei, HTC, Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony are all scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android Oreo.

Android 8.0 Oreo will start rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices soon

For those who aren’t keen on waiting for the over-the-air update to hit their devices, factory images will be available sometime, again, “soon” at the Google Developers website. By the way, if you’re a factory image-flashing newbie, we recommend checking out our how-to guide for the full instructions.

Of course, this is just the beginning. We’ll be diving into Android Oreo over the next couple days, so keep it tuned to Android Authority for all the details.