The new version of Android – 9.0, currently known as P (it will be interesting to find out what type of dessert it will be named after – pie?) – is most likely set to be released this August. This in spite its current version – 8.0 or Oreo – still not having been rolled out to all the phones eligible for the update (most of the time, this happens because of the phones’ manufacturers). But even if it has been around for a while, there are a few things you likely don’t know about the current version of the Android operating system. Of course, it’s the best when it comes to doing whatever you usually do on your phone, reading the news, checking out Betway South Africa, or whatever it may be. But did you know that…
It has several different editions
Android Oreo comes in several flavors.
First, there is the edition that was rolled out as an update through smartphone manufacturers – after being amped up by them, of course. In it, some basic functions – like the phone’s launcher, dialer, and text message app – are replaced with the one the manufacturer chooses. These apps – and their functions – depend from one phone to another. And each manufacturer includes third-party apps – like Microsoft’s Office and Skype, Facebook’s apps, and such – with their own release. This is usually referred to as “bloatware” and is really hard to get rid of.
Then, there is the one called Android One. This is a “pure” version of the Android operating system that looks and feels just like Google originally intended it to. These are released on a handful of handsets only – among them, you find the Nokia 8 Scirocco, the Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 6, the Xiaomi Mi A1, and a few others.
Last but not least, there’s the “lightweight” version of the operating system, called Android Oreo: Go Edition. This one is designed with low-end smartphones in mind, meaning that it needs less processing power and RAM to function but has all the security features of its big brother. It is included with handsets like the Nokia 1, the Alcatel 1X, the ZTE Tempo Go, and several others.
It comes with a smart WiFi switch
Although it is a feature only available on Pixel phones, Android Oreo is showing off an unusual set of smarts: it can turn on your phone’s WiFi automatically. Basically, it is a function that scans for WiFi networks that you have logged on before, and when it finds one, it connects to the network it discovered. Thus, it can help you save a ton of mobile data – and a ton of money.
It has a ton of hidden features
Among others, you can dig deep into Android Oreo’s settings to change the shape of your icons, turn on notification dots (small dots on the apps’ icons that let you long-press and reveal the notification itself), it can snooze notifications to show them to you later, choose which apps are permitted to run in the background, and it can even automatically fill forms like email addresses and such with your data. And there are even more – you can find them hidden in plain sight inside the settings menu.