Android Oreo has already begun to be distributed, but as few people have access to the new version of the operating system, the features are still unknown by most users.
The first thing that can be noticed with Android Oreo is the speed with which the system restarts, leaving to load secondary processes after the phone is turned on. Previously, the process took a few minutes, but now it does not take much more than 30 seconds. In our tests, a Pixel XL running the new system took 35 seconds to reboot completely, while a OnePlus 3T needed 1 minute and 15 seconds to do the same running Android 7.1 with equal processor and more RAM.
The second detail that most catches the eye is how notifications have changed. You can now group them into placements and program them so they add up and reappear at another more convenient time. You can also control which notifications can be displayed as icons at the top of the screen, which provides a palliative solution to the persistent voicemail alert problem.
Application icons have changed and become adaptable, and the user has gained the freedom to choose the standard system format, with square, round, rounded square, and even drop-shaped options. They also have a small notification point that allows quick access to information.
An important function, but few applications still use is picture-in-picture support. With the feature, you can watch videos or keep video calls while the user opens other applications and navigates through the system interface as the content is displayed in a floating window. WhatsApp is one of the apps that already benefits from the feature.
Despite all this, the biggest change will not be felt by users. Android Oreo is the start of a new project called Treble that tries to reduce the system fragmentation problem, ensuring faster updates. With this, Google separates the customization that manufacturers apply from the core operating system, which can be updated independently by removing multiple middlemen from the path.