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Facts & Features of Android 8.0 Oreo and 9.0 Pie

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Posted on 2018-09-14 06:51:21

Facts & Features of Android 8.0 Oreo and 9.0 Pie

Starting its journey back in 2007, Android has taken some remarkable strides to become the market leader in mobile technology. Google began Android with the release of Android Beta on November 5th, 2007 the first commercial version, Android 1.0 was released on September 23, 2008. Since it was the initial stage, Android 1.0 and Android 1.1 had not so yummy chocolicous name for that. Talking of names, Android has adopted a confectionary theme for their product names which is observed to be released in alphabetical order since 2009. I have tried to include some details below:


Code Name

Version Number

Release Date



April 27, 2009



September 15, 2009


2.0 – 2.1

October 26, 2009


2.2 – 2.2.3

May 20, 2010


2.3 – 2.3.7

December 6, 2010


3.0 – 3.2.6

February 22, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich

4.0 – 4.0.4

October 18, 2011

Jelly Bean

4.1 – 4.3.1

July 9, 2012


4.4 – 4.4.4

October 31, 2013


5.0 – 5.1.1

November 12, 2014


6.0 – 6.0.1

October 5, 2015


7.0 – 7.1.2

August 22, 2016


8.0 – 8.1

August 21, 2017



August 6, 2018


Users can find significant performance, productivity and security features in every succeeding version. Having said that, now let’s move to the focus of this blog and find what’s new and what’s few in Android 8 Oreo and Android 9 Pie.


Android 8 Oreo

It is the 8th major release from Android having two versions, 8.0 and 8.1. Initially it was released on March 21st, 2017 as version 8.0 for developer preview. The final developer version was released on July 24th, 2017 with its stable and user-friendly version in August 2017. A second developer version 8.1 was made available on November 27th, 2017 with its stable version being released on December 5th, 2017.



Oreo 8.0


  • Project Treble, it is one of the biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates
  • Picture-in-picture support
  • Support for Unicode 10.0 emoji (5.0) and replacement of all blob-shaped emojis by round ones with gradient and outline
  • Redesigned Quick Settings and Settings with white background and respectively black and Accent font color
  • Restructured Settings by regrouping in sections similar entries
  • Adaptive icons
  • Notification improvements
    • Notification channels
    • Notification dots (badges)
    • Notification snoozing
    • Notification shade multi-colors (for music album art, messengers etc.)
  • System-wide Autofill framework
  • Sony LDAC codec support
  • App-specific unknown sources
  • Multi-display support
  • 2 times faster boot time
  • Apps background execution and location limits
  • Google Play Protect
  • Downloadable fonts
  • Integrated printing support
  • Color management (deep color and wide color gamut)
  • Wi-Fi Assistant



Oreo 8.1


  • Neural networks API
  • Shared memory API
  • Wallpaper Colors API
  • Bluetooth battery level for connected devices, accessible in Quick Settings
  • Android Oreo Go Edition, an optional lightweight distribution of Android for low-end devices with less than 1 GB of RAM
  • Autofill framework updates
  • Programmatic Safe Browsing actions
  • Navigation buttons dim when not in use
  • Visual changes to 'Power Off' and 'Restart' including a new screen and floating toolbar
  • Toast messages are now white in color with same existing transparency
  • Automatic light and dark themes
  • New Easter Egg in the form of an official Oreo cookie picture
  • Hamburger emoji amended to move position of the cheese slice



Android 9 Pie

It is 9th and the latest major release of Android being first announced by Google on March 7th, 2018 as a developer preview and its Beta version was released on 8th May 2018. Its official release was held on 6th August 2018.



Pie 9.0


  • New user interface for the quick settings menu
  • The clock has moved to the left of the notification bar
  • The "dock" now has a semi-transparent background
  • Battery saver no longer shows an orange overlay on the notification and status bars
  • A "screenshot" button has been added to the power options
  • A new "Lockdown" mode which disables biometric authentication once activated
  • Rounded corners across the UI
  • New transitions for switching between apps, or activities within apps
  • Richer messaging notifications, where a full conversation can be read within a notification, full scale images, and smart replies akin to Google's new app, Reply
  • Support for display cutouts
  • Redesigned volume slider
  • Battery percentage now shown in Always-On Display
  • Lock screen security changes include the possible return of an improved NFC Unlock
  • Experimental features (which are currently hidden within a menu called Feature Flags) such as a redesigned About Phone page in settings, and automatic Bluetooth enabling while driving
  • A new optional gesture-based system interface, allowing users to navigate the OS using swipes more often than the traditional UI
  • Redesigned multitask app switcher with Google search bar and app drawer built in
  • Android Dashboard, which tells the user how much time you're spending on your device and in apps, and allows the user to set time limits on apps
  • "Shush", an enhanced version of Do Not Disturb mode activated by placing the phone face down, which mutes standard notifications
  • "Adaptive Battery" prediction, which makes use of Doze to hibernate user apps the OS thinks the user will not use
  • Auto Brightness feature modifies screen brightness based on user habits
  • Wind Down option lets Android users set a specific bed time that enables Do Not Disturb and turns the entire phone's interface gray to discourage further use at night
  • Vulkan 1.1 Support



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