What Is Android Oreo? What You Need To Know

Angelica Greene
August 22, 2017

The new release, which was first previewed at Google's I/O developer conference earlier this year, will be officially debuted during a live stream beginning at around 7.40pm United Kingdom time on Monday. There was plenty of speculation, of course, including Android Oatmeal, but today Google has officially announced that Android 8.0 is Oreo.

This statement confirms both older devices, and the new OnePlus 5, will get the highly anticipated update sooner than expected. 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. Another new feature is the high quality Bluetooth codec (LDAC) which will bring high performance and low latency audio streaming. Previous versions of Android were dubbed Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat and Jelly Bean.

To dig into the more technical stuff you might notice, Google is also introducing system-wide APIs for autofill and VoIPs apps. We can expect other flagship smartphones launched this year to get Android O as well.

Google is also bringing better audio to Android, by adding new audio codecs to improve the sound quality of music played through wireless speakers and headphones. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P specific are in carrier testing now, and Google says the update should begin rolling out in phases soon.

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The new operating system name continues Google's tradition of naming its Android updates after candies. And if you're in the Android Beta Program, you'll get Oreo shortly as well.

- Upon clicking your phone will be automatically updated to the new software. Android Nougat, the last major version of the OS which came out a year ago, is only installed on about 14 percent of Android phones on the market. You can choose to also turn the entire Video Previews function off from right inside of the Google app itself.

As we've already covered, Android O doesn't have a ton of flashy features, although Google is highlighting some of the consumer-facing tweaks today.

Android fans on-hand at Google's event today in NY already got a look at the cookies.

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