The 10 coolest new features in Android 8 Oreo

The 10 coolest new features in Android 8 Oreo

Android 8 Oreo is finally out and can be enjoyed by about 0.3% of Android users worldwide. Yeah, the new update is still just out for the Pixel and Nexus devices but should be coming up on new smartphones and be getting pushed to old flagships in the following months.

But that isn't that much of a big deal. Android is quite the mature operating system nowadays and, for the past couple of major updates, has had some tune-ups that are nice to have, but not necessarily gamechangers. Still, there are a few features here and there that are quite big and worth looking forward to. Here are 10 of the improvements in Android 8 Oreo, which we find to be the most important:

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21 Comments

1. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Can one of these features be a new mascot that isn't some poorly put together monstrosity? Seriously I want to uBlock any pictures of that freak...

7. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I love the mascot. Maybe because, as a woman, I finally get a mascot that doesn't look like a guy.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's the first time in history where one can confidently say that Android has finally surpassed iOS in terms of both UI and functionality. Android is getting sleeker (The settings menu, quick shortcuts & notifications shade look terrific), quicker (thanks to enhanced optimization which gives up to 200% boost), less fragmented (Project Treble), more accessible (Android Go) and of course; it's Android we are talking about here so it's the champion of customization! (Champion? Really, Green?) Oh well, G'Day!

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. Android have gone a long way ahead of IOS.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No surprises. iOS is the fat cat in town they get everything handed to them. Innovation just copy, steal or robbed!

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

...Congratulations... What does your sex have to do with this? Oh wait it's 2017.

2. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

the nicest one is the "activate and connect to a known WiFi when near this location". But this means location one which means goodbye battery

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The best feature on O isn't mentioned : Being able to theme overlays ( substratum ) without root

4. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

#2 has been on de Samsung S phones for a while, #3 since the ancient S2, #5 again for a few years available (plus full themes), #9 has been implemented on the S range (including tablets) for a few years (effectively zero perceived audio lag left) and #10 has been expanded on with Samsung pass (autofill connected to fingerprint reader). So not all is new for a large group of users, but some of the extras will still be a cool bonus.

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

SAMMY is far ahead competitors in features.....

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I remember reading an article a long long time ago, before the iPhone even that Japanese and Korean consumers loved overly complex mobile phones with so many features they would never uncover them all. I feel that's the mindset that Samsung has right now with it's version of Android, they pack so much crap (Excuse me), "features" into the OS that it's poorly put together and difficult to find what it is that you're looking for. That's my experience with the OS at least.

18. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

All that "crap" has been functionally serving me well. There's a reason Google has been implementing Samsung OEM features into the core of Android year after year. And not even always in a better way than Samsung did. It's one of many reasons why a large percentage of users has a hard time leaving their OS implementation, despite the fuming from others we see in forums. I myself have tried dozens of OEM skins (Sony, Huawei, LG, untouched Google, etc) and third party ones, different OS manufacturers (Microsoft, Apple) and yet I came back to what Samsung offers natively. For exactly those "crap" options and what I perceive as intuitive functionality.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, all that crap comes at a cost, I've seen side by side comparisons of the Galaxy S8 and the original Pixel and despite having the dated hardware the Pixel runs significantly smoother than Samsung's flagship. And in regards to updates, Google is at least consistent with their overall GUI design, whereas Samsung will always implement significant changes from one year to the next often times dropping features from the previous devices.

17. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Stock android playing catch up to OEM skins again...

21. Brewski

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

How is that a bad thing? If it is offered natively then everyone can experience it rather than just a few who have an overlay. Also, it will use less resources becasue Android will do it better so the battery lasts longer. Then the OEMs can focus on something else that Android can add later! Win/win/win

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Can't wait to install this one my oneplus 5.

9. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

I actually like the bubbly emojis..

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The update is currently only available to those in the beta program and those willing to perform a clean install and wipe their phone. Regular Pixel and Nexus owners still have to wait for the OTA.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Meh...... Boring

15. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I think Google should stop being too open for the OEMs, I know they'll be more Apple-like in a closed environment, but at least they'll attack the fragmentation issue. Too many options for too many phones and that issue can't be solved by fixing the background.

16. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

f**k emojis

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