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Ars Technica's Android 8.0 review
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by Jaikrishnan on 2017-09-04 22:20:44

Ars has a very detailed review - more of an in-depth deconstruction, to be honest, and that's a good thing - of Android 8.0 Oreo.

Take a closer look at Oreo and you really can see the focus on fundamentals. Google is revamping the notification system with a new layout, new controls, and a new color scheme. It's taking responsibility for Android security with a Google-branded security solution. App background processing has been reined in, hopefully providing better battery life and more consistent performance. There's even been some work done on Android's perpetual update problem, with Project Treble allowing for easier update development and streaming updates allowing for easier installation by users. And, as with every release, more parts of Android get more modularized, with emojis and GPU driver updates now available without an OS update.

Saving this one for tomorrow.

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RE[4]: Great...
By fmaxwell on 2017-09-06 11:10:14
> I doubt most people know or care. OEMs don't support their phones properly because it's far easier and cheaper than doing so.
Most people don't buy the high-profit, high-dollar Android phones. Those who do are the ones who know and care about OS upgrades.
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RE[5]: Great...
By jbauer on 2017-09-06 11:50:25
> > I doubt most people know or care. OEMs don't support their phones properly because it's far easier and cheaper than doing so.
Most people don't buy the high-profit, high-dollar Android phones. Those who do are the ones who know and care about OS upgrades.


Millions of flagships are still sold. I doubt a significant chunk of those buyers are buying them thinking about anything other than fancy designs, camera, or display quality.
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RE: Android File Transfer no longer works in Oreo
By darknexus on 2017-09-06 17:02:18
> This is definitely a 'must fix'!!
Well, what actually should be a must fix is Apple getting off their ass and adding support into MacOS for the MTP protocol. I think MacOS is the only major os left that doesn't support it.
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RE[3]: Great...
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-09-06 22:15:53
Good question. Eagerly listening for the answer myself. Stupid 24 months of support make it absurd to buy anything but the newest phone when it is released. Which I'm sure all oems love.
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