An­droid Nougat vs Oreo

CLARA FACCHETTI re­veals the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two

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As we re­port on page 4 Google has launched the lat­est ver­sion of its mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, Oreo, and it’s al­ready in use on Google phones like Pixel or Nexus 5X. Thou­sands of An­droid phones are bound to re­ceive the up­date in late 2017 or early 2018. You can find out when your phone will likely get Oreo here. On the sur­face, Oreo does not seem to dif­fer that much from Nougat, but if you dig a lit­tle deeper, you will find there are many new in­ter­est­ing

fea­tures on the up­grade. Here’s how An­droid 8 im­proves on An­droid 7.

Per­for­mance

Every up­date usu­ally men­tions per­for­mance im­prove­ments, but in the case of Oreo you will ac­tu­ally no­tice how the new ver­sion im­proves your phone. The sys­tem is a lot faster to boot up, so it takes a lot less time for apps to open. Oreo also of­fers a new fea­ture called ‘per app disk space quota’. This en­ables the sys­tem to au­to­mat­i­cally delete cached file from apps when they start ex­ceed­ing their quota, re­sult­ing in more disk space for you.

Bat­tery

Oreo also im­proves your phone’s bat­tery life, thanks to back­ground ex­e­cu­tion lim­its. When you use an app, it runs in the fore­ground (for in­stance if you’re tex­ting, us­ing a social me­dia app or play­ing a game). When in use, the app runs fore­ground and back­ground ser­vices. When you stop us­ing it, it will still run back­ground ser­vices for a while (for ex­am­ple, a news­pa­per app can look for new ar­ti­cles, even if you’ve stopped us­ing it). Back­ground ex­e­cu­tion lim­its will stop the app from us­ing back­ground ser­vices and will in­stead force it to use sched­uled jobs, which launch pe­ri­od­i­cally and then quit, pre­serv­ing your bat­tery more ef­fi­ciently.

No­ti­fi­ca­tions

A ma­jor im­prove­ment com­ing with An­droid Oreo re­gards no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Oreo now gives you the pos­si­bil­ity to snooze no­ti­fi­ca­tions for a cer­tain amount

of time (from 15 min­utes to 2 hours) sim­ply by swip­ing left. This also gives you ac­cess to no­ti­fi­ca­tion set­tings, which en­ables you to con­fig­ure your no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion dots is an­other new fea­ture com­ing with Oreo: dots, which re­sem­ble iOS no­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers, show up on your apps to in­di­cate you have un­read no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

They also dis­play a se­ries of in­ter­est­ing fea­tures: long press on the dot or the app icon and you will able to read your no­ti­fi­ca­tion and get ac­cess to the app’s short­cuts. For ex­am­ple, you will be able to read and an­swer a text with­out open­ing the mes­sage app.

The big­gest change comes from the ar­rival of no­ti­fi­ca­tion chan­nels. Group­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions into a

chan­nel al­lows you to cus­tomize them all to­gether: for ex­am­ple, all your Face­book no­ti­fi­ca­tions will have a per­son­al­ized sound and vi­bra­tion.

Fi­nally, Oreo also pro­vides eas­ier ac­cess to the app drawer: all you have to do is slide up any­where on your screen, which is quite con­ve­nient.

User-Friendly

Oreo also comes with many fea­tures de­signed to sim­plify user ex­pe­ri­ence. It now of­fers aut­ofill, which will make it a lot eas­ier for you to fill forms or lo­gin to web­sites as it will re­mem­ber your in­for­ma­tion. Go to Set­tings > Sys­tem > Lan­guage & In­put > Ad­vanced > Aut­ofill to ac­ti­vate it.

Oreo will also learn about your shar­ing pref­er­ences to help save time when you’re search­ing for com­mands. For ex­am­ple, if you’re tak­ing pic­tures of a map, Oreo will sug­gest a trans­port app. If you’re talk­ing about food, it will rec­om­mend restau­rants.

Adap­tive icons will also be avail­able with Oreo, mean­ing that you will have ac­cess to dif­fer­ent icon shapes for your apps and will be able to cus­tomize them.

Pic­ture in Pic­ture is an­other new fea­ture which will im­prove your user ex­pe­ri­ence. Multi-win­dows will now be used for video play­back: your video is re­duced to a smaller win­dow and you can con­tinue us­ing your phone as the screen will no longer be blocked by the video. This will make mul­ti­task­ing a lot eas­ier:

Au­dio

New fea­tures com­ing with Oreo will im­prove your au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence. ‘Vol­umeShaper’ in­tro­duces op­tions to ‘fade-in’/’fade-out’ or ‘cross-fade’ sound, which will fa­cil­i­tate au­dio tran­si­tions.

‘Au­dioFo­cusRe­quest’ qui­ets other apps when a fore­ground app runs a form of au­dio in­stead of paus­ing them (as Nougat did), so if you’re lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, scrolling on social me­dia and see an in­ter­est­ing video, the song you’re lis­ten­ing to will be qui­eted (and not paused) to make room for the video’s au­dio. This will make the tran­si­tion be­tween au­dio play­ing from mul­ti­ple sources a lot smoother than it was on Nougat.

Oreo also of­fers bet­ter play­back op­tions for au­dio and video. You will be able to man­u­ally select a

Blue­tooth codec. With the in­clu­sion of Sony’s LDAC codec, you will get CD sound qual­ity, but it needs to be set up with com­pat­i­ble hard­ware, and right now this only in­cludes Sony prod­ucts. Nev­er­the­less, your sound qual­ity will be bet­ter than it ever was.

Se­cu­rity

Oreo is built on Project Tre­ble, which im­proves your phone’s over­all se­cu­rity and also en­ables for faster up­dates. Oreo also of­fers Google Play pro­tect scans which help keep your apps safer.

Blue­tooth 5

Oreo brings full sup­port for Blue­tooth 5, which ex­tends and en­hances Blue­tooth Low En­ergy as­pects and pro­vides ei­ther greater speed or greater range to clas­sic Blue­tooth. Nougat did not sup­port it, but Oreo

does which will al­low de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate apps that can dis­cover and con­nect to Blue­tooth 5.

Multi-Dis­play Sup­port

Oreo fully sup­ports multi-dis­play, which en­ables users to move an ac­tiv­ity from one screen onto the next.

Oreo also brings smaller but en­joy­able up­dates such as dou­ble-tap­ping to get a 50 per­cent zoom on cam­era, a new emoji li­brary, or a cus­tom­iz­a­ble no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar. Over­all, it im­proves many clas­sic fea­tures, adds a lot of newer ones and pro­vides a more fluid user ex­pe­ri­ence.

Visual changes

Vis­ually, An­droid Oreo does not look much dif­fer­ent than Nougat. The home screen re­mains quite sim­i­lar, though we can see the icons seem to be a bit more stream­lined. The app-drawer is the same as well. The big­gest mod­i­fi­ca­tion comes from the set­tings menu whose de­sign has changed. It will take some get­ting used to but should be eas­ier to use:

Other menus, like the stor­age and bat­tery menus, have been made to look more mod­ern. Fi­nally, Oreo switched the no­ti­fi­ca­tion shade to black icons in a white back­ground while Nougat did the ex­act op­po­site.

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