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11 Best changes Android version, 8.0 "Oreo"

11 Best changes Android version, 8.0 "Oreo"

11 Best changes Android version, 8.0 "Oreo" 

This year we get the next major update to Android. This new version, 8.0, is called "Oreo" and has a lot of new features that we are actually really excited about, and a couple things not so sure about.
In any case, we're going to look at 11 of the best changes with this new update, including some major changes, and small changes as well.

Number 1 Redesigned all the emojis

One of the first big changes people will notice in Android 8.0 is that they completely redesigned all the emojis. The blobs are no more, and now we have circular emojis just like all the other platforms.
new emojis are pretty darn ugly actually. And for making them consistent with other platforms like iOS, that makes sense. But they just look poorly designed, with weird gradients and thick outlines. And of course, we will never forget the most upsetting casualty, the turtle, who has now been replaced with this ugly beast.
But anyway, for some reason a lot of people actually seem to like these new emojis, so it looks like we're not going to get rid of them any time soon.

Number 2 Notification Dots

Moving on, the next few are some significant new features having to do with notifications. 
So for number 2 we have the new "notification dots". Now on the home screen or app drawer, whenever an app has an active notification, it will show a dot in the corner of the icon to signify just that, you have a new notification.
If you've ever used an iPhone before, this feature will probably seem very familiar, because iOS has had the same feature for years except it would show a number.

Also, another cool thing is you can long press on the app icon, and it will show you a shortened preview of the notifications, so you don't have to click into them every time.
The one thing I'm not sure about though, is that the notification dots apparently only show when you also have a notification in the notification bar as well. 
So it seems pretty redundant that it would show in both, like why do you need the dot if it's already showing up there. still, they might make changes to how they work at some point.

Number 3 Snooze Notifications

You now have the ability to snooze notifications. This is something I've been waiting for a long time. So when you get a new notification, you can partially swipe it to the side, which will reveal two symbols, a gear, which takes you to notification settings, and now a clocksymbol. If you press the clock, it will remove the notification for a certain amount of time, which you can adjust by clicking the dropdown, either 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour or 2 hours.
Then once that time is up, the notification will come back. This is great for stuff that you can't deal with at the moment, or just don't want to.

Number 4 the new so-called Notification channels

And this basically just means you can now customize how certain notifications can behave for certain apps. For example, whether an app can create notifications that vibrate the phone, or play a sound, or show on the lock screen, that sort of thing. This is ideal for apps that you might like getting notifications from, but maybe they're not urgent, so you don't need them to vibrate and play a noise, you just want to see that it's there the next time you use your phone.
To adjust these channels, you can navigate to an app through the settings window, or if you get a notification, partially swipe it and click the gear this time, then more settings, and it will bring you there.

Number 5, here's a cool one, Picture in Picture

This one is a pretty big deal I think, you probably think so too. For certain apps, like YouTube or VLC media player, if you're watching a video and press the home button, the video keep playing and minimize to a small window and stay on top.
And it will stay like this even if you open up and use other apps. If you want you can drag around the window, and if you tap it you'll see options to pause, go to the next video, close it, or go back to viewing it in the original app.

Number 6 Instant Apps

This feature will allow you to run certain apps, without having to download them from the play store. So how it works is someone might make an instant app hosted on their website, so when you go to a certain URL, it appears and brings up the app then. This way you can get more functionality than a regular mobile page, and don't have to actually go make people go download it. So it's almost like a super mobile web page, in that it can do a lot more than a regular web page, but maybe not as much as a real app.

Number 7 is Smart Text Selection

Android will now use AI to try and predict what parts of text you are trying to select when you double tap on something. So if you double tap on an address, it's smart enough to realize you probably want to select the whole address.
Same for a phone number. But it apparently will also work for less obvious things like the names of restaurants, so if your friend texts,"we're going to jon's Pizza Joint", if you double tap that name, it should theoretically highlight Jon's Pizza Joint. Also, now when you highlight certain types of text, it will give you a shortcut right there to open a related app. So if you highlight an addrss, it will give you the option to search it in google maps, same goes for a phone number with the phone app.  So that will definitely be useful, and if the smart text selection works as well as they claim, that should be cool too. 

Number 9 use gestures using the fingerprint 

Assuming you have one that can detect gestures, developers will be able to let users swipe either vertically or horizontally on the fingerprint sensor, which would then do 'something'. Before this basically only worked with system apps, and I think it was only on Pixel and Nexus phones as well, but now you should start to see it on others too.

Number 10 Automatically turn your WiFi on and off

You'll now have the option to have Android automatically turn your WiFi on and off depending on whether you're near a saved WiFi network.
And this feature should help you save both cellular data and battery life. For example when you're away from home, the WiFi radio will be off, using less battery, and when you're at home, it will turn on WiFi, so not to use cell data.

Number 11 is actually a pretty big feature, which is a whole new Autofill API.

What that means is there is now native support for certain apps to be able to autofill forms, no matter what app you're using it in. And you can choose what app is the one that can do this by changing the default AutoFill service, it's a new setting. And If you're still confused, one example is if you have a password manager like Lastpass, or Google's own autofill service with smartlock. With these, when you get to a log in page for any app, that app can now automatically fill it in. With your login data, or data for your credit card, or whatever. And before, you had to jump through all sorts of hoops and give these apps special accessibility permissions and what-not, but now it's all built in.
This should also improve battery life, because those apps no longer have to constantly run in the background and scan for fillable forms. So this should be very useful.
And so we're done, those are some of the best new features I've come across in Android 8, 

So I'm looking forward to hearing from you guys, and I'll see you next time, have a good one. I hope you found this article useful we will be coming up with more interesting topics like these so stay tuned and until next time have a great day,


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