As expected, Google has finally release Android 8.0, and named it after Oreo, the boring and somewhat iffy-looking American biscuit.
As the launch coincided with the solar eclipse, Google unveiled the upgraded operating system with a suitable Android clip, but asserted that Android 8.0 isn't about flash new features, but small improvements intended to enhance battery life, security and other "vitals".
For example, the company claims that by limiting the background activity of less-used apps, users will get more juice from their smartphone, while improvements to the boot speed will see the Google Pixel, for example, starting up twice as fast as before.
Security is also a major focus of Android Oreo, with Google cracking down on the ever-growing problem of Android malware with a new tool called Google Play Protect.
"Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don't have to lift a finger," said Dave Burke, Google's vice president of engineering.
"Play Protect detects and removes apps that might be harmful. And with more than 50 billion apps scanned every day, our machine learning systems are always on the lookout for new risks."
Other new features debuting in Android Oreo include a picture-in-picture mode (below), iOS-style notification dots, Android Instant Apps and 60 new emoji.
Google has said that Android Oreo will begin rolling out to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the Nexus Player shortly, once carrier testing is complete, while those on the Android beta programme will start receiving the final version of Android 8.0 from today.
Google has also announced that it has been working with OEM partners, including HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony, who will roll out Android 8.0 updates before the end of the year, or launch new devices running Oreo.
Despite some rumours to the contrary, Google didn't today unveil the much-rumoured Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Instead, these devices will likely debut in October - a month or so after Apple unveils its new iPhones and other shiny things.
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