Android Oreo officially launched: Here are the best new features

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On Monday Google officially unveiled Android Oreo, the next version of its operating system for smartphones and tablets.

Android 8.0 Oreo will be available on Google’s own devices first and then third-party devices such as Samsung and Motorola will be responsible for sending out the update for themselves.

“By limiting the background of activity of less-used apps, Android Oreo lets you spend more time on what’s most important – while also freeing up memory,” Google said in its blog post.

“Whether you’re talking, playing, working or streaming, you can feel confident about keeping your battery strong.”

Here’s a look at some of the new features coming to Android Oreo

1. Background Limits

Android Oreo

One of the problems with many smartphones is that they have apps unintentionally running in the background. Oreo has found a way to limit this as well as reducing background location and WiFi searches. This will reduce battery use and improve your devices’ memory.

2. Google Play Protect

Google Play Protect is a new feature that can detect and remove potentially harmful apps. It is capable of scanning more than 50 billion apps each day. It is also easier to locate or wipe your device using the Find My Device app.

3. Picture-in-Picture

Android Oreo: Picture in Picture mode and notification dots

A brand-new feature called Picture-in-Picture allows you to watch YouTube videos or video chat whilst continuing to use your device for other things. This will be better suited to larger devices with larger RAM capabilities.

4. Smart Text Selection

Oreo will be able to recognise certain ‘entities’ such as addresses, URLs and the such like and has made it easier for you to copy and paste them. Selecting the text will be done automatically thanks to the new integrated machine learning.

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