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.