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Android Oreo officially arrives
August 28, 2017, 10:48 am

Google last week officially announced the name of the next version of its mobile operating system (OS) as Android Oreo and also confirmed that over-the-air (OTA) rollout should be happening soon for some of its Pixel and Nexus branded devices.

As promised from Google I/O, Android Oreo brings feature updates including notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture mode, Android Instant App compatibility, and an auto-fill tool to help quickly and securely enter passwords and other personal information. The OS will also limit background apps from overusing your device’s battery to help extend charge. But most controversially, the official arrival of Android Oreo marks the death of the blob emoji, with more than 60 redesigned versions replacing the flat-designed blob faces and animal emoji.

The final version of Android Oreo will also roll out to those in the beta program. For more information on how to download it to your device, check out Google’s blog for instructions. For everyone else waiting to receive OTA updates on their non-Google phones, get comfortable. The wait for wider rollouts begins.

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