Earlier this year, Android Oreo (yum) was revealed as the 2017 flavor of Google's mobile operating system, version 8.0. And, if you have an Android phone, you'll be getting it soon, if you don't already have it.
Naturally, the Android Oreo statue couldn't just be a boring cookie-cutter robot -- Super Oreo for the win!
With Android Oreo, you can continue a video call in Duo, use Google Maps navigation or stream a video from various supported apps in picture-in-picture mode. Using it is simple -- just tap the home button when the video is playing and Oreo takes care of the rest.
Here, a movie is streaming via Netflix in picture-in-picture mode.
Starting with Android Nougat, you could long-press on an app icon to use app shortcuts for common tasks. With Oreo, the look of shortcuts has been refined, and you can now access an app's widgets from the shortcut menu as well as its info screen.
Instead of fiddling with text selection tools, Google is adding smart text select to Android Oreo.
Basically, Oreo will identify things like addresses or phone numbers on its own. Double-tap the text to auto-highlight what you need to copy, or use the new app shortcut next to the Copy button to speed up the interaction.
To reassure users, Google is making its security measures more prominent throughout Android Oreo with Google Play Protect.
This menu is found in the Settings app under Security, where you can view how often apps are scanned and when they were last scanned. Presumably, this section will also help you deal with an app Oreo deems unsafe.
Google Play Protect is not just available for Oreo users, with Google recently announcing availability across all Android devices.
Google is extending its autofill tech beyond Chrome and into apps. This screenshot is from Snapchat, where I was prompted to let Google fill in my credentials and log me into the app. Password managing apps, such as 1Password, will also have the option to support autofill within apps.
This is pretty cool -- with Android Oreo, you can snooze notifications with a quick swipe and tap. If you have a text message or email you want to deal with later, swipe to the right on the notification until you see the clock icon. Tap on the clock, select the amount of time you want to snooze it for and then go back to what you were doing.