Android 8.0 overhauls installing apps from unknown sources

Nichole Vega
August 24, 2017

In case if you miss it, the Android 8.0 Oreo brings improvements over existing features, bug fixes and certain other enhancements in the core OS. Chinese phones have a heavily customized ROM, which makes it harder to push out the latest version of Android to its smartphones. There is no exact date for the release of Android O for other phones, as it varies for every phone.

In Android Oreo, Google eschewed the setting for a new 'Install unknown apps' permission that's tied to each app. If Google will follow the same timeline, the first Android 8.0 Oreo upgrades will arrive by the end of September.

These Android Oreo bugs have been spotted during the developer previews and were reported on the Issue Tracker. Its spokesperson has confirmed that the recently announced BlackBerry KEYone will be getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

The Google phones will be the first in the line to get the Oreo update.

The Android Oreo might not be a substantial update to the Google Android platform, but is loaded with enough new features, which will be highly useful. However, fans might have to wait to rather long for the update as the supported devices will get Android 8.0 by the second half of 2018.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) has launched Android Oreo, the 8.0 update for Google devices. As in the past, HTC wants to be ahead by announcing that it is going to release Android O for its latest premium flagship phones such as the HTC U11, U Ultra, and HTC 10. Google has been working with OEMs to minimize the delay in rolling out updates to all possible Android devices. Hopefully Nokia owners see quick updates and can start enjoying Android O soon. But we do expect that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 series will be the first ones to get Android Oreo.

In accordance with the codename unveiling, there is now a suitably dedicated section of the Google website that details the features to be expected in the latest release.

The Taiwanese mobile maker confirmed the plans in a tweet, saying the HTC 10, HTC U11 and HTC U11 Ultra would all be receiving Google's beefed up operating system. There is a high chance that there are a lot of Android devices missing from this list, so don't be disheartened if you don't see your phone listed. Essentially they'll need to declare upfront that they could request permission to be able to install apps from Android's Package Installer.

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