15 Important features of Android 8.1 Oreo

Google released the latest version of Android last year at the Google I/O 2017 where the company released the first public beta of the successor to Android Nougat as well. Also, Google promised to release the stable version of Android O by the end of Q3 as well. Thus, Google announced the stable release of Android O which was named as Android 8.0 Oreo. However, the Google Pixel 2 series was launched with Android 8.1 Oreo and it had various feature improvements and bug fixes.

Later, Google released the incremental update to Android 8.0 Oreo named as Android 8.1 Oreo to all the Google Pixel and Nexus devices. Also, the update is now running on most of the Android devices as well. Talking about the release of Android 8.1 Oreo, we have now compiled a list of 15 important features which are available in Android 8.1 Oreo which you should know about so have a look:

1.Redesigned Settings Menu Layout

The first and most noticeable change with the incremental update to Android Oreo, Android 8.1 Oreo is the redesigned settings menu layout which is now much more condensed than the previous version.

2. Automatic Dark Mode

The next major UI change in the Android 8.1 Oreo update is the automatic dark mode which is added thanks to the Wallpaper API. We have explained Wallpaper API in detail below as well. However, the automatic dark mode is triggered whenever the wallpaper color is dark and the whole system UI goes into dark mode.

3. Semi-transparent Quick Settings

Also introduced in Android 8.1 Oreo are semi-transperent Quick Settings. Earlier, the Quick Settings tiles till Android 8.0 Oreo were solid in color which included white and cyan on the Stock Android devices whereas white and blue on Pixel devices. However, the Quick Settings tiles with Android 8.1 Oreo are semi-transperent with black on white for light theme and white icons on black for dark theme so that we can see the contents on the back as well.

4. Bluetooth Battery Indicator

Apart from that, Android finally adds the feature of battery indicator for Bluetooth devices inside the operating system which was present earlier on third-party devices and Custom ROMs. The battery indicator in Android 8.1 Oreo will show the remaining battery of the connected Bluetooth device in the Bluetooth Settings.

5. Wallpaper API

We also have the introduction of Wallpaper API in the Android 8.1 Oreo update which is the main reason for automatic dark mode in this version of Android. As far as Wallpaper API is concerned, it picks the color from the currently applied wallpaper in order to have a shade of the primary wallpaper color on the lockscreen as well as it adds a tint to the quick settings as well of the same color.

6. Hide ‘Running in the Background’ notification

Now, with the update to Android 8.1 Oreo, the persistent notification of the apps running in the background have been hidden. Earlier, Android 8.0 Oreo introduced the ability to see which apps are running in the background to get details about location and battery usage. However, this notification was persistent and we could not remove this notification from the notification which has now been fixed.

7. Android 8.1 Oreo Easter egg

Finally, we have the latest easter egg of Android Oreo along with the Android 8.1 Oreo update which was not present in the Android 8.0 Oreo release. Talking about this easter egg, it contains two Oreos sandwiched on the front and this icon is available when we connect the phone to our PC with developer options turned on.

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8. Latest Emojis

Android 8.1 Oreo also brings latest Emoji’s to the whole system which were redesigned with Android 8.0 Oreo. As far as the redesigned Android 8.0 Oreo emoji’s are concerned, we have now parted ways from the blob-style emoji’s of the Android Nougat days. However, people were not happy with the Android 8.0 Oreo emojis so they have now been redesigned to have a middle-of-the-road look for Android 8.1 Oreo. Also, the cheeseburger emoji has been fixed now as well.

9. Dynamic Calendar and Clock icons

Now, there is an addition of dynamic calendar and clock icons with Android 8.1 Oreo as well which are available in the stock launcher. As far as dynamic icons are concerned, they show the current date on the calendar icon whereas the clock shows the dial constantly moving to match the current time in seconds.

10.Redesigned Power and Volume Controls

Along with the Settings, Quick Settings menu and the Dark mode, the Android 8.1 Oreo update also brings redesigned Power and Volume Controls with itself as well. Now, we can access the Volume Controls from the middle-right of the screen which were present at the top on the Android 8.0 Oreo. Also, the Power controls are shifted to the middle left from the central part of screen along with addition of Reboot button.

11.Improved Music Notification

We have also seen that Android 8.0 Oreo brought with it some colorful music notifications which contained the color of album art along with the art at the right of the notification. With Android 8.1 Oreo, this notification has been improved even more.

12.Snoozable Notifications

The next version of Android also brings the feature of snoozing notifications as well. This means that if we have received a notification such as a message or an email which we want to reply to afterwards then we can snooze that notification so that we will be prompted afterwards of the same notification once again.

13.Notification Channels

There is the introduction of notification channels with Android 8.1 Oreo as well. This means that we will now have control over notifications from individual apps. For example, if a user wants to hide all the notifications from the YouTube app then the user will have to go to the YouTube Notification channel and select the appropriate action for its notifications

14.Autofill Passwords

The most under-rated feature, in my opinion, of Android 8.1 Oreo is the autofill passwords feature which is now built into Stock Android. With the addition of Autofill API, users will now be able to automatically login to their favorite apps without the need of remembering their passwords. The user will be prompt with the password as soon as the email or username is typed thanks to the Autofill API

15.Picture-in-Picture Mode

Last but not the least is Picture-in-Picture mode also known as PiP mode which has been added with Android 8.1 Oreo as well. As far as Picture-in-Picture mode is concerned, there will be a small window at the bottom right of the screen even when we leave the app in the latest build of Android Oreo. Currently, PiP mode works for Netflix, Youtube Red and other video streaming services.

Thus, we have summarized the Top 15 important features of Android 8.1 Oreo in the above list. If you have any suggestions to add to this list then feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below. Visit www.rootmygalaxy.net for more info

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