Google has now officially taken the wraps off of Android 8.0 Oreo and if you're a KEYone or Motion owner, you're probably wondering if your device will receive Google's latest and greatest. To find out, we reached out to BlackBerry Mobile and had a representative confirm that yes, indeed, the BlackBerry KEYone will receive an upgrade to Android Oreo. Additionally, the BlackBerry Motion will also get an upgrade to Android Oreo.
Right now, specific details surrounding a timeframe for release are not available, but that's fine. Just having confirmation that it will eventually make its way to the BlackBerry KEYone and Motion is fantastic. Our friends at Android Central have given Android 8.0 Oreo a pretty impressive review, so if you want the finer details, head on over there and take a look. If you're just looking for a quick rundown, here are some of the goodies in Oreo:
- Background limits: Android Oreo helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, it's the super power you can't even see.
- Autofill: With your permission, Autofill remembers your logins to get you into your favorite apps at supersonic speed.
- Picture-in-Picture: Allows you to see two apps at once, it's like having super strength and laser vision.
- Notification Dots: Press the notification dots to quickly see what's new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
- Android Instant Apps: Teleport directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.
- Google Play Protect: Working to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven't installed yet!
- Emoji: Share the feels with a fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji.
- Project Treble: 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.
- Notification categories: More granular and consistent control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are.
- Notification snoozing: Lets users hide notifications for a period of time, similar to Inbox snoozing.
As you can see, Android 8.0 has plenty to offer with Project Treble certainly being a highlight as it can help OEM's get firmware updates out to folks faster but with no timetable set for release, we'll just have to play it by ear. We'll have plenty more Android 8.0 Oreo content coming soon but for now, be sure to check out the Android Central What's new in Android Oreo post and review to get a closer look at what's coming to the KEYone and Motion.
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