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Android 8.0

Android™ 8.0 brings new features that make working with apps and settings even more convenient. Here's an overview of some of its new features.


Keep a small window of the video you're watching or a supported app onscreen while you do other things on the phone. For most supported apps, just press the Fingerprint scanner/HOME to shrink the app to a small and moveable window at the bottom right of the screen. Move the window by dragging it or tap the window to see supported controls.
Note: Not all apps support the Picture-in-picture feature. To check if an app is supported, go to Settings > Apps > Menu button > Configure apps > Special app access > Picture-in-picture.

Snooze notifications

Temporarily dismiss notifications to free your Notifications panel or Lock screen from clutter.

For details, see Managing app notifications or Lock screen.

Icon badges

Know right away if you have pending notifications for an app with icon badges. A small dot appears on an app icon which indicates there is a notification that you may have missed. Dots appear on app icons in both the All apps screen and on the Home screen. Press and hold the app icon to show a condensed version of the available notifications. See Turning icon badges on or off.

Other new features

  • Feel more secure when installing apps from sources other than the Google Play Store. Granting permission for downloading and installing apps from unknown sources is now on a per app basis. See Downloading apps from the web.
  • Looking for a setting option but can't remember where it is? The Settings screen's search feature helps you find it even if it's buried deep in one of the categories. Tap and then type the first few letters of the option you're looking for. Once the option is shown in the results, tap it to go to its screen.
  • There's a built-in file manager app that currently lets you do simple things with your media files, such as copy, move, and delete. From the Home screen, swipe up and then find and tap Files.
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