Google has released a major update to its mobile operating systems Android and Android Oreo, the company’s latest Android release, the first since the smartphone boom in the US.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Monday that the new version of Android Oreos was a big “upgrade” from its predecessor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was released in December last year.
“The big change is that the Android OS has changed a lot in the last few months,” Pichay wrote.
“The platform is much more flexible and the power is spread out across the device.
This makes it easier to design apps and experiences that work across a wide range of devices, devices that work well on a range of different screen sizes, and devices that perform better on a wide variety of different screens.”
The update to Android Oreoms new features, including the new Google+ Hangouts video calling feature, the ability to control the app’s speed, and the ability for apps to sync to cloud storage, all come with a big price tag of $100.
Pichai wrote that the update to the OS was already “a big step forward” for the company, and that the release was a “big milestone” for Google’s mobile platform.
“It means a lot to see all the amazing ideas and experiences you can make and share with the world,” he wrote.
“Google and the Android community have always built great products, but they have been hard to get right and they have made mistakes along the way.
Android is now the perfect platform to make and release great products.”
Google said it was adding “faster and more stable” updates to Android, Oreo and Android Pay, adding that these features were also available for users in the United States and Europe.
“Today, Android is the fastest mobile OS ever and the most stable,” Google said.
“We’re also adding support for Google Wallet, a secure, secure way to make payments, and support for new payment technologies including Android Pay.
We’re making it easier for businesses to get their Android Pay payments right on their devices and giving them more control over what happens on the device and in the app.”
Pichay said that the company had invested in Google Play in 2014 and had also started a program called Android for Education, which offers education-focused free and paid apps.
Google said the new Android software would become available to developers in the coming months.