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Android O officially becomes Android Oreo

Android Oreo is the superhero to have by your side (or in your pocket!), says Google

Android O officially becomes Android Oreo
Google chose to name its latest mobile operating system after the beloved Oreo cookie.

Google has released the next version of its mobile operating system which will be officially known as Android Oreo.

Previously known as Android O, Google chose to name it after the beloved Oreo cookie and unveiled the Android Oreo mascot wearing a cape at the launch in New York City.

Android 8.0 Oreo will be smarter, faster and more powerful than ever, Google said in its blog site. The platform will include notification dots directly to the smartphone enabling users to see which apps have new updates.

Users will also have more control over push notifications, the ability to do picture-in-picture multi-tasking by seeing two apps at once, and improved battery management by minimising unintentional overuse of apps in background.

Furthermore Android Oreo is built for speed with its Autofill feature, with the user's permission, Oreo remembers logins.

Android Oreo has re-designed its emojis and has added 60 new ones and has also upped the security with stronger protections.

However this version of Android is only available for Pixel owners, meaning the majority of Android users will not be able to use Oreo. Google revealed that anyone using Android Open Source Project can use Oreo instantly, whereas Pixel and Nexus 5X / 6P are at the carrier testing stage. However those using non-Google phones are in for a wait.

Android Oreo joins Google's other dessert named Android platforms, including Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat.

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