The teasers were numerous and the guessing plenty, but Android 8.0 is finally here, and it’s rightfully named Oreo.

The announcement coincided with the solar eclipse that transpired in the entire United States for the first time since 1918. When the clock hit 2:40PM Eastern Time, Googled made its latest Android version public.

The timing made sense: Like the big, bright circle in the sky covered by the round moon, the eighth version of Android is represented by the letter O. It isn’t all theatrics, however; Android Oreo brings some much-needed features to smartphones lucky enough to receive it.

We’ll have a more detailed article on the biggest features Android 8.0 brings, but here’s a short list of what to expect: longer battery life (as usual), a revised settings menu, support for picture-in-picture, greater control over notifications, and best (or worst) of all, a new set of emoji to replace everyone’s favorite blob selection.

As you can tell, the update is more of a small step forward than a total overhaul. That’s fine, though, since Android Nougat was already a complete operating system in itself.

And as usual, Google’s own smartphones — specifically the Pixel and Nexus series — will be the first to have the newest flavor. Every other brand of smartphone will have to wait a little longer.

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