Android Oreo 8.0 (Android O) was officially released to the public on August 21, 2017. It is hailed to be much smarter, faster and efficient than its predecessors.
Most flagship Android phones released in 2018 will come with Android Oreo 8.0/8.1 pre-installed.
In addition to its revamped user interface (UI), Android Oreo 8.0 introduces many new features and improvements for all-level users.
This Android Oreo guide explains the top 10 new features of Android Oreo 8.0: PIP mode, notification dots, notification channels, notification snoozing, adaptive icons, performance improvements and battery usage optimization, smart text selection, refined Settings menu, auto-fill, new Easter egg and new emojis.
For new features in Android Oreo 8.1, please check this post.
New Features of Android Oreo 8.0 #1: Picture-in-Picture mode (PIP)
PIP is one of Android 8.0’s most prominent features.
Picture-in-Picture mode was previously introduced to Android TV with stock Android, but not on mobile.
Unlike the split screen mode in Android Nougat, PIP allows you to continue watching videos in a separate small floating window while using other apps at the same time. In other words, you can watch videos and use other apps at the same time. More apps will support this feature.
To use PIP mode, you need to start by playing a video in a video player or on Youtube. Then, press the home button on the navigation bar. The video would appear as a small floating window. You can relocate the video window and further adjust the size of the floating window according to your preference.
You may check this How to use picture-in-picture (PIP) mode in Android Oreo 8.0 and 8.1? guide, if you want to know how to use PIP mode in detail.
New Features of Android Oreo 8.0 #2: Notification Dots
Notification dots will appear on the top right corner app icons whenever you receive a notification from the app. Notification dots remain there until you read it or dismiss the notifications.
You can tap the notification dots to quickly see the notifications waiting for your action.
This Android Oreo feature is similar to number badges feature in Samsung phones. Unlike the number badge in Samsung, notification dots do not show the exact number of notification.
If you want to know about notification dots or want to use it, please check How to use notification dots (notification badges) in Android Oreo page.… Read the rest