Google Announces Release of Next Version of Android 8

New York: Google’s next version of Android is called Oreo and is being released today to hit smartphones and tablets in the near future, reported the Guardian.

Google announced that it has pushed the final version of Android 8 Oreo out to the Android Open Source Project, the underlying software on top of which the Android loaded on smartphones and other devices is built.

Google’s Pixel and Nexus handsets will also soon see the update, with the beta programme participants receiving it first.

Updates for other smartphones and tablets will rely on handset manufacturers such as Samsung, Huawei and OnePlus, with a few pledging to update certain devices to Oreo.

Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android and Google Play, described the operating system as “smarter, faster and more powerful than ever”.

“It comes with new features like picture-in-picture and Autofill to help you navigate tasks seamlessly. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at lightspeed. When you’re on your next adventure, Android Oreo is the superhero to have by your side (or in your pocket!),” he wrote in a blog post.

The main focus of Android Oreo is on battery life, speed and security, with greater control of apps the primary feature.

Following on from the changes made by first Android 6 Marshmallow and Android 7 Nougat, Google is slowly moving Android in the direction of its rival Apple’s iOS with greater restrictions on what an app can and cannot do in the background.