Android Oreo: Cutely powerful version of Google’s operating system

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Android Oreo is here, and it comes with ‘extraordinary emojis.’

Google’s new Android version is cutely named: Oreo.

Apparently, the search giant has inked a deal with the commercial cookie company in hopes of making the Android build an earworm, as well as making the cookie brand more relevant to millennials.

The search company’s Sameer Samat, the vice president of product management and of Google Play, said in a blog post that Oreo, compared to the current and previous versions of Android, is more powerful, smarter and faster.

He briefly mentioned features such as picture-in-picture, autofills, and more.

The said blog post also includes photos of the new features like redesigned emojis and notification dots.

Android Oreo promises faster boot speed which Samat claims is twice as fast if it’s running on Pixel, or Google’s own smartphone brand. It is also faster because it minimizes background application refresh, or when active or inactive apps process their data while the phone is turned on.

Similar to iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, Android’s Oreo also comes with autofill which, with the permission of the user, remembers important details and helps the mobile user fill up forms faster. For example, Oreo can store information securely about the user’s address, mobile phone number, as well as the password for the account for specific websites.

I know that sounds kind of creepy, but Google is promising that only the owner of the phone can access the autofill feature, and it’s not required to be used if the user isn’t comfortable.

Autofill is usable especially on mobile, whilst the user is on data, on the go, and has no available time to type a lot.

Meanwhile, picture-in-picture is the feature allowing the user to run two apps in one screen. It’s like how you manage two windows in your desktop. This is already available in other Android smartphones running custom Android mobile operating system. But at least, Google is finally making it official.

To learn more about Android Oreo, you can visit its official page at



Matt is a computer science undergraduate who serves as the editor for technology at STGIST.

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