Mingis on Tech: All about Android 8.0 'Oreo'

Android's latest version, Oreo, has been out since late August. We get the rundown on cool and useful new features from Android blogger JR Raphael.

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If you're an Android user who's eagerly been awaiting Android 8.0, a.k.a. "Oreo," the good news is that Google's updated mobile OS has been out since late August and will be gradually making its way in the coming months to a device near you.

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If you have one of Google's own smartphones like the Pixel, you may well already have Oreo – just like Computerworld blogger JR Raphael. And that means you've already had time to get used to its new features and tinker with it.

For those still waiting – and depending on when your carrier actually pushes it out, that could be a while – Raphael sat down with Executive Editor Ken Mingis to detail what's new, what's useful and what's changed. (Yes, Mingis is an Apple guy, but he's Android-curious, too.)

While the update offers a variety of changes, Raphael pointed to his Big Three: Picture-in-picture mode, which allows you to view multiple apps on your screen at the same time; Notification snoozing, which lets you set aside notifications to deal with later; and Notification channels, to better manage notifications with more granular options.

(Oreo also has a slew of under-the-hood security improvements, which Raphael has already detailed.)

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