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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.


Want to watch a video while using another app at the same time? Use the picture-in-picture feature to minimize the video into a small window. For details, see Using 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.

Revamped Settings screen

The main Settings screen has been reorganized to make it shorter and simpler. Tap a category and navigate to the setting that you want.

Looking for a setting but can't remember where it is? Just do a search. Tap and then type the first few letters of the setting you're looking for. In the results list, tap the item that you want to go directly to its screen.

Other 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.
  • 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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