Mobile Phones 


Android is a mobile-based operating system. It was initially developed by Android Inc. which was later acquired by Google Incorporated in 2005. The operating system is widely used in all mobile platforms such as cell phones, tablets, and smartphones.

In the review that follows, we are going to juxtapose two of its latest operating systems i.e. Android 7.0 (Nougat) and Android 8.0 (Oreo).

For a start, Android 7.0 was officially released in August 2016 for the first time. It is the seventh major version of the Android OS, as the name suggests. Android 8.0, on the other hand, was officially released just recently in August 2017. It is basically an upgrade of its predecessor, Android 7.0. Because of this, it brings along several improvements and attendant benefits.


These two operating systems differ in the following regards:

Visual Display and Appearance : The apps and mobile devices that run on Android 7.0 OS have a maximum screen aspect ratio of around 1.86:1. Those that run on the new Android Oreo, on the other hand, have no such limits imposed. Because of this, they are larger in shape, sharper, and more legible. This grants plenty of freedom to the users and app developers alike.

User-friendly : A range of features improves the usability of the Android 8.0. These include ‘Adaptive Icons’ which lets users customize the shape and appearance of their icons. ‘Picture in Picture’ will let several windows to run simultaneously. Finally, ‘Sharing Preferences’ will enable you to easily share your contents by detecting your preferences.

Notifications : All factors considered, the Android 8.0 notification settings are by far more superior to the Android 7.0’s. That’s because it is equipped with several intelligent notification features. Among these are the ‘snooze notifications’ that lets the user freeze notifications for some time. The next is the ‘Notification Dots’ that indicates those notifications that have not yet been read. Finally is the ‘Notification Settings’ that enables users to configure notifications to their preferences and desires.

Security : Built on the Project Treble concept and also offering the Google Play Protect scans, Android 8.0 is by all means more superior to the Android 7.0. It greatly improves the mobile device’s security from viral attacks and hacks. It also enables faster upgrades and ensures the safety of the installed apps.

Connectivity : Both operating systems can accommodate the various connectivity options. These include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and Wireless Local Area Network. However, the Android 8.0 is slightly more connected than its predecessor. It supports the new Bluetooth 5 which supports low-energy aspects. It hence has the ability to reach out to a wider range and support greater speeds.

Performance : Android 7.0 is generally slower than its successor, Android Oreo. This means that the devices that utilize it boot slower than expected. Their apps also take too long to open up and may not be so reliable in executing their tasks.

Power Consumption : Unlike Android 7.0, Android Oreo comes along with a background execution limit feature. This is simply a feature that prevents an app that is no longer in use from running in the background. The feature thus saves a great deal of battery power. This is due to the fact that it limits power consumption to only those apps that are actively in use.

Intelligence : Android 8.0 has an ‘Auto Fill’ feature. This is basically the ability to automatically save passwords and other unique identifiers. This greatly reduces the hassles of filling forms and logging in. It also forestalls the inconveniences of forgetting these crucial pieces of information. Android 7.0 on the other hand, lacks this feature.

Storage Management : On the whole, Android 8.0 organizes the storage locations of the mobile devices in which it is installed better. It enables users to free up storage space by simply following this link: Settings -> Storage -> Free up Space. Moreover, it also places a quota on the highest amount of storage space that each app may occupy at any given time (per app disk quota). This also reduces the total storage space consumption. Android 7.0, on the other hand, lacks these features.

Applicability : Given the superiority of the Android Oreo over and above the Android 7.0 OS, the former may be utilized in a wide variety of devices. It may be used in non-mobile devices also. This contrasts sharply with the Android 7.0 OS which may only be used in mobile devices.

Android 8.0 is basically the improvement of Android 7.0, as has already been stated above. This being the case, it goes without saying that it is technically more sophisticated. It is also more effective and reliable. This, therefore, means that you should make every effort to upgrade your phone’s operating system to conform to the newer version.

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