Android O – Oreo is coming to BlackBerry KEYone, so what’s new in the OS?

It has been a few days since the announcement from Google of Android Oreo (Android 8) release and now we know that we will have to wait until the end of the year, when the new update will be available. BlackBerry Mobile confirmed that Oreo will come to the KEYone but their is no time line. As I’ve written before, I guess it will be available around December-January.

Majority of Android users haven’t even made it Marshmallow or Nougat as most are still on KitKat or Lollipop. For us, that want to update to the newest/best OS, here is what Google has added to Android 8 – Oreo and it’s features.

  • Accessibility button – Allows you to quickly access from the navigation bar accessibility features, like magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, like Select to Speak.
  • Accessibility volume – Accessibility services can optimize the audio experience for users with disabilities.
  • Adaptive icons – Developers can now provide a full-bleed square shaped icon and OEMs will mask the icon to ensure intra-device consistency.
  • Background execution limits – More control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance.
  • Background location limits –  Limits the frequency of location updates in the background for better overall system health
  • Downloadable fonts – Applications no longer need to bundle custom fonts, which helps reduce their size
  • Install unknown apps – Hostile downloader apps can’t operate without permission; users now permit the installation of APKs per-source.
  • Linkable files –  API that allows you to share files across the Internet via web links
  • Notification categories – More granular and consistent control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.
  • Notification snoozing – Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing.
  • Project Treble – The biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates.
  • Wi-Fi Assistant – Auto-connects you to high quality open WiFi and secures your connection with a VPN back to Google.

Do you think that it worth the wait for new “big” update ? or should it be labelled as android 7.5 instead of Android 8 ?

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Roy Shpitalnik

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