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Android O (8) is launching today: Here are 10 things you should know

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The new version of Android is all set to be launched on August 21. The eighth version of its operating system will be launched on the day when the solar Eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918.

Google has claimed that the new technology will bring some super new powers. The launch of Android O will have a live stream from New York, which will start at 2.40 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) while Indian viewers can watch at 12.10 AM. Android O is supposed to be 8th version as the company released the first version of this operating system – Gingerbread – on 9 February 2011. Here are the top things we know about the new version of Android:

1. Android O will be launched on August 21, the day when the United States will be experiencing a historic solar eclipse for the first time since 1918. “Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse, bringing some super (sweet) new powers!” Google said in its release.

2. A video was uploaded by Google for the August 21 release. The file name of that video was GoogleOreo_Teaser. However, the post was deleted and the file name was changed to Octopus, which was also deleted later.

3. The name was again changed to OatMealCookie_Teaser, which also didn’t last long. Currently, the file name reads Orbit_Teaser_0818.mp4. Seems like Google is facing confusion over names.

4. Based on teasers, looks like the company will follow its old tradition of giving a dessert name to its new version.

5. It had earlier released a beta version of the OS, but now the final public version is all set to launch.

6. Initially, the OS will launch for Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones, and after a few days, it will launch for other devices too.

7. The new version will have a better battery life. Background Limits, ensures there are automatic limits on apps running in the background. This feature will enable the smartphone users to save a lot of battery.
8. Under this new Picture on Picture feature, users will be able to use certain apps over other apps. So, you will be able to watch a video even while booking a cab or writing on the notepad.

9. Users will be able to create adaptive icons which will ensure better integration with the device interface. The adaptive icons mean that the icons will be displayed in various shapes, according to the mask chosen by the device.

10. Notification channels have been introduced on Android O. This feature creates new application categories for notifications.

How to download Android O? How to install Android O?

First check, which Android version you have:
1. Go to the Settings app on your smartphone.
2. Go directly to the bottom of the first page.
3. Click on ‘About phone’ or if you have a tablet, then ‘About tablet’.
4. Now you will have to go to “Android version” and “Android security patch level.”
5. Click on ‘Get the latest Android updates’.
6. As soon as you get an update notification, open it and click on the update action.


In case you cleared your notification or your phone has been offline:
1. Go to the Settings app.
2. Go directly to the bottom and tap ‘About phone’ or ‘About tablet’ and then System updates.
3. You will see your update status. Follow any on-screen steps.

Back up your data: As a precautionary measure, it’s good practice to back up your data such as contacts and photos. The upgrade shouldn’t affect your data but there are no guarantees.

Note: Your phone may need a Wi-Fi connection to find an update. It is recommended that you should download the software over Wi-Fi since the file size could be quite large.

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