Thus, while Google provides certification for Android smartphones the new website will help users gain knowledge about what exactly is a certified device and how it is certified. The company is now rolling out a new initiative called "certified Android devices", which as the name suggests highlights all the manufacturers that are certified by Google to bundle apps like the Play Store on their devices.
There are basically two kinds of Android devices out there in the world - ones that are certified by Google and come preinstalled with Google apps (including the Play Store), and ones that aren't.
The updated app precautions build on Google Play Protect, another security offering that rolled out in May. Google wants users to look for the "Play Protect" logo when buying a new Android device. According to comScore's new 2017 US Mobile Apps Report, 51 percent of smartphone users download zero applications each month. Users will still be able to install applications from sources outside of the Google Play Store and other first-party sites, but they must first grant specific permission for such actions. "For example, a gaming app might not contain malicious code but instead might notify the user to install a PHA that masquerades as an important security update".
The Pixel Launcher version 2.1 brings a multitude of Android Oreo features like coloured notifications dots, ability to swipe down for notification panel from anywhere on the screen, ability to change system icon shapes without having to turn on developer options. You still have to download apps from the PlayStore, which become Channels after installation.
The app has got a new makeover and also got so many new and small features which are really useful. There is also an updated list of OEMs and partners that have certified Android devices, check it out here.
Historically, Google has named each successive Android release after sweet treats like Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich and most recently, Nougat.