Google officially unveils Android 8.0 Oreo, mascot and all

As expected, Google has taken the wraps off its newest version of Android and revealed some information about the devices that will be upgraded in the coming months. First off, it's Android Oreo, not Android Orellete as a previous report wrongfully claimed.

Android Oreo is supposed to be faster, smarter and more powerful than any of the previous versions of the mobile platform. It comes with picture-in-picture and Autofill, these two features being available in the latest Developer Preview builds as well.

New notification dots will now allow users to see what's new in their apps and then decide on what action to take. On top of that, Android Oreo adds fully-redesigned emojis, including no less than 60 new emoji.

Google also emphasizes the need for extra security, so Android Oreo will now come with something called Google Play Protect, which should help make the new OS more secure. More improvements to the battery usage have been implemented too, as Android Oreo is supposed to minimize unintentional overuse of battery from apps in the background.

In case you're wondering when exactly you'll be able to get the new Android 8.0 Oreo on your smartphone, Google says it's going to push the sources to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for everyone today.

Furthermore, Android Oreo builds for Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices are now being tested by carriers and expected to be released in phases soon, along with builds for Pixel C and Nexus Player.

If your device has already been enrolled in the Android Beta Program and you've been running any of the Developer Preview builds released by Google, you'll be getting the final version of Android Oreo as well.

Finally, Google announced that by the end of the year, many smartphones from handset makers like HMD, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Essential, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony will receive Android 8.0 Oreo updates.

source: Google



1. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Android version with the best/shorter name ever.

4. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

IKR, this is like the best name of android ever

29. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

And Shortest in features!

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Super excited for the release. Pixel owners are lucky.

3. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Happy pixel owner here

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And Nexus 6P owners. I already have 8.0 beta that's working flawlessly. :D

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

One plus 5 owner here. I'll wait for the developers to port it for the one plus 5. Enjoy.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

What a s**te name

31. NoAllegiance unregistered

better than orellete

7. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I highly doubt that samsung will deliver new android version by the end of the year and forget about HUAWEI.

8. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Not too worried I have my monthly security patches and probably have all the " new" features and more on my S8 already. And now I am waiting for someone to tell me "it lags".

19. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Right? Everyone mocks Sammy for taking so long to get the update, except TouchWiz has the features before the newest Android OS

25. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I used the stock launcher for about 30 seconds until it asked me to use Nova as default launcher. I suppose it did a lag a little when I had to choose my launcher and everything was setting up does that count.

20. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 925; Member since: May 07, 2014

My Honor 8 had the Nougat earlier than most of the other OEMs

28. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Huawei delivered Nougat update faster than before ....

32. NoAllegiance unregistered

They also have been testing Android O on the Mate 9 for a while.

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Poor Android phone owners, they need to wait a decade to get this update (if the device is eligible!!!!!).

11. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

And 10 ten years after that update Apple will get some of the features Oreo has.

21. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Good response, lol

27. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let him be. It took him an hour to type that through the tears.

30. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Teddy even you don't believe what the reviewers have written about the S8/S8+. Now tell everyone what your current phone is.

12. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Not really, My UNROOTED Nexus 4 runs 7.1.1

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

#9 Read the article again.

10. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

For something that Google says IS NOT called Oreo, they sure keep marketing it as a cookie

16. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


13. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Its a good time to be Android fanatic :D

14. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

When will unlocked Pixels get it?

15. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Cool with the name, not cool with the mascot design.

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