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Android O vs Android Nougat – 8 Awesome Changes You Should Know!

The New iteration of Android which is Android O is getting closer, with lots of details expected to be unveiled during Google I/O 2017. The first developer preview was released in the mid of March and it is already available for nexus and pixel devices and the final build will arrive in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

So I thought why not make a video on how Android O which is expected to be called Android 8.0 is different from existing Android Nougat and also what are the major changes and newly added features in this early build of Android O.

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  • Simplified Settings

One of the major Change is the Redesigned Setting menu which is completely different from previous android versions. Now the menus are more sorted and there is no longer any slide-out menu and the categories on the main page of the Settings. You can clearly see the difference, on my left I have the oneplus 3t which is running the latest version of android Nougat 7.1.1 and on the right I have nexus 6p which is running the 1st developer preview of Android O.

Now there are 13 main headings with short descriptions of what’s inside which results in much shorter stetting list.

Further if we go inside in the Settings menu, some of the categories have also received design refreshes, including Battery. The overall colour scheme has a black and white approach with blue accent and personally I like this redesigned setting menu.


  • No More Unknown Sources

Now as you may know in Android installing apps from third party sources was quite simple as compared to iOS. By just enabling the unknown sources from the setting menu you can install apps from anywhere.

But now in Android O there is a little bit of twist now if you want to install an APK file then you will need to authorize each sources separately. For instance you have to downloaded an app using Chrome browser, now after downloading the app when you click to install that app you will be prompted as “Application Installed from external Sources are blocked”. So to install app click on external sources. Now select chrome and enable trusted apps from this source and you are good to go.

This basically means that if you want to install any app from external sources then you have to grant permissions for each and every sources individually.


  • Picture in Picture

Last year Android Nougat introduces picture-in-picture mode which basically shrinks a playing video into a floating window. But at that time this feature was only available for Android TVs but not anymore. Now with this new Android O update you can use this feature on your smartphones also but first you have to enable it.

So to do that head over to the System UI tuner then navigation bar. Now from here click on extra left button and add a key code after that go back and now here you will find a new option which says left key code click on that and type a 171 and press OK. Now this will basically trigger the secret picture-in-picture window. You can also  change the icon according to your preference, once that is done open YouTube and play a video now to shrink the window just press this left icon and boom you have entered in the PIP mode.


  • Custom Lock Screen Shortcuts

Now if we take a closer look over the lock screen of android O then you will find that it looks quite similar to android nougat in terms of designs but don’t go with the looks because there are features buried inside System UI tuner.

In the previous versions of android users are not allowed to change the lock screen shortcuts but not anymore with android O now you can change the shortcuts according to your liking. This feature lets you choose either an app or a setting shortcut to show up in the lock screen.

This basically means that now you have the ability to add some useful shortcuts that really make sense. For instance now you can add apps shouts cuts like YouTube, play store, file manager or whatever you like.


  • Notifications

Android N itself saw some pretty big changes with notifications but Android O tends to take it to the next level. When you swipe down the notification shade you can clearly see some changes like now you have 6 tiles instead of 5. Rather then that at the top right corner you will see the battery indicator which now show battery percentage also, next to that is th e setting menu icon and a tiles dropdown arrow and if you look at the android N notification shade then it’s just bank at right side.

Except the cosmetic change it also include some really cool features like Snooze notification. Just swipe the notification to right and tap this clock icon to snooze the notification. This will make the message go away for 15 minutes, then come right back when the time is up.

Another newly added feature is called notification channel. This feature lets you choose between less useful and more useful notification for a specific app and none of these features were available on Android Nougat.


  • Built-in File Manager & Cleaner

The previous versions of android were criticised by their users for not having its own inbuilt file manager. But in Android Nougat we had a hidden file manager inside storage setting and that was very basic.

But now in Android O you will see a dedicated icon for the file manager in the app drawer inside which the categories are more sorted now.

Rather than that now we also have a dedicated junk file cleaner inside the storage setting to clean the unwanted files stored on your device.


  • Navigation Bar Tuner

Next up is the Navigation bar which received a new layout option. If you go through the system UI tuner you will find a new navigation bar option which lets you tweak the layout of your on screen navigation buttons.

But this was not possible in the case of Android Nougat. In Android O you will get layout option that lets you choose between normal, compact, left – leaning and right- leaning which will comes in handy if you want to use your device single handed.

Now you also have the option to add extra left and right buttons on your navigation bar and you can choose from several options like clipboard, key code or keyboard switcher.


  • Improved Audio quality

Now a days 3.5 mm Jack is becoming less standard as the major smartphone manufacturer are getting rid of it and focusing more towards wireless audio. And that’s the reason why Google is working with Sony to get the LDAC codec in android O. It means if you have a Bluetooth headphone that supports LDAC then you will get a much improved audio output.

Not only LDAC android o also supports other codec like SBC, AAC Aptx and Aptx HD. Additionally there are also options for sample rates, bits per sample and channel mode. But these codecs are not available for android nougat.


So guys these were 8 major changes which android O brings to the table and if you think we had missed any change then do let us know that I the comment section.

















    1. Samsung is a hardware manufacturer. Not an operating system. If you’re gonna troll at least get it right.

      1. touchwiz has introduced many things that have later become standard on android. multi window.floating window. side launcher & some of the pull down shade options & ability to remap the settings & switches as well as file browser have all been on touchwiz& keep into android updates in some way or form. yes samsung make phones & employ software developers but a lot were first found in touchwiz on their flagship models & came in later android updates. who’s take on who’s version of doing it is better is all a matter of personal opinion. a lot of people say samsung is bloat filled but sometimes one might refer to Google’s iteration & implementation as bloat. do I need google photos when I’m happy with Samsung’s gallery app? or samsungs e mail app when i use gmail? Its just personal preference & we can disable or uninstall most of what we choose to thank God as we are not IOS.I remember the who ha when clean master got loaded onto samsungs& clean master was villafied by android people in the know now we see this type of software creeping in to every phone maker’s software & its become a selling point now. not surprising when you see the downloads of clean master & similar ram cleaning apps out there. Funnily enough snake oil has always sold if people think it’s working. The placebo effect. samsungs new powersaving settings have some good features like option of running at hd up to uhd+ & background data settings but still have useless ram killing of things that will just restart again. they pack every flagship with more & more features & its like they are more loaded with every app in the play store, no matter how useful or not. some of these like airview etc fail to be reborn somewhere like 3d touch (both sft/hrdwre though) & others end up become 2nd nature in android. peace out.

        1. 1) i don’t care who made what first
          2) samsung actually didn’t invent most of those, most of them came from custom roms. samsung may have been the first company to sell a phone with it native, but again not the point.
          3) still doesn’t invalidate my original point that dude was trolling and didn’t even have his facts straight. the discussed features aren’t on “samsung” they’re on “touchwiz”

          1. I have used galaxy s3. In 2012, it had multiscreen,pip, 2in1 camera(where the selfie can be embedded with the main image captured by primary camera), battery saving mode,night view/reading view, eye tracking for auto page scroll, face tracking for auto rotate , direct video calling without any app and many more in android 4.0. Samsung may be a hardware company but they have good software innovations. And it was the custom roms which borrowed from Samsung. Not the other way. Please get your facts corrected. It’s Samsung not iOS that it will copy. Even s3 can be used as a full fledged computer by using mhl cable and usb. It supported 1tb hard disk. So, ‘Bitch please’, Android o is just nothing but a modified nougat. Google has started doing the same shit as iOS.

          2. You obviously don’t own a Samsung device so I understand where the ignorance is coming from. Just accept that Android O and N are inspired by Galaxy features.

          3. Tbh if it’s not running nougat or at least marshmallow then you really don’t have a clue about what I’m talking about.

          4. Firstly, You’ve made three points 1) you inferred Samsung is an operating system. 2) you said I don’t have a Samsung device. 3) you claimed I was.ignorant.

            All of these points are.verifiably false. How does me owning a Samsung device with nougat change any of those claims?

            Secondly, I work in technology. Just bc I don’t own a device in question doesn’t mean I haven’t used it. Perhaps you are the ignorant one for making such uninformed assumptions.

          5. Dude I don’t know why you’re going off topic from my original claim. I stated above that Samsung devices already have most of these features. You claiming I’m a troll is you being ignorant since I believe I was being very serious with my claim.

          6. “Most of these are on Samsung” Samsung is a company. These features are “On” TouchWiz. I was just pointing out that you are trolling stock Android by saying Samsung is better. But you are comparing an operating system and a company. Had you simply said “all these features are already on. ‘touchwiz’ ” I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Sorry not sorry. You were wrong

          7. Bruh I can’t tell if you are making a big deal out of nothing or trolling lol. Samsung/Touchwiz/Galaxy you know what I meant no one else mentioned that I was wrong for using the term Samsung rather than Touchwiz, it really doesn’t matter when I’m commenting on a post about Android OS, there should be no confusion if you use common sense.

          8. Bro, you seriously have to work on the understanding of English language. Please try to understand the difference between textbook English and verbal English. If you don’t, please Google it. Wtf!

          9. Jesus christ you morons need to get a fucking life. It started as just a JOKE and you won’t give up in it. Go outside and enjoy life and stop being a bunch of fucktards on an internet comments section.

          10. Says the dude commenting with me on an internet comments section…good day to you too lol

          11. When he said “Most of these are on Samsung” , for a normal person this means “devices made by Samsung”.

    2. I’m sorry bro, but i think Touchwiz (samsung own modified Android UI) has only built in file manager. I never see samsung had PIP mode (cmiiw), snooze notification,custom audio codec, etc.
      So, i think it’s something wrong if you say most of it ( 1 of 6 ) has begun with samsung.

      Manufacturer only have a little contribution when some update arrive. Instead, the unofficial modification from developer in their mods, custom rom or tweak, is have contributing lot. Remember, navbar tuner is come from LineageOS and other custom rom, same with custom lockscreen support in custom rom.

      1. Sorry man but no, we have a simplified setting layout, picture in picture which is called pop up view on galaxy, custom lock screen shortcuts. Also didn’t know you guys didn’t have the option to see the percentage next to the battery lol. Galaxys also have a file manager and built in cleaner. So we do have most of the things mentioned in this post tbh.

  1. Android O brings multi display support. I’m not sure what it actually means yet, but I’d love to buy a tablet screen and mirror my Android O phone to a larger screen for browsing at times.

  2. “Now a days 3.5 mm Jack is becoming less standard as the major smartphone manufacturer are getting rid of it and focusing more towards wireless audio.” Hum.. apart from Apple and some Chinese brands on specific devices, the majority of smartphone manufacturers still have a headphone jack: Sony, Samsung, LG, Google, Huawei, Honor, Carriers Branded phones,… Some may be planning to ditch it in the future but for now, the majority of smartphones have a headphone jack. Which is great, I’m not buying a smartphone with no headphone jack.

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