Android 8.0 Oreo’s new feature essentially sends out a “rescue party” when system components are stuck in crash loops.
Bootlooping, while isolated to some users and specific to certain models, is a serious issue in the Android world; after all, in an era where phones have become indispensable components of our lives, having a device that is stuck in reboot loops can be extremely frustrating. Certain phones seem more prone to bootlooping issues (looking at you, LG) than others, and whether it’s hardware- or software-related, going through manufacturers and carriers for support and warranty inquiries is not only time-consuming but also expensive.
That’s why Google is introducing Rescue Party with the all-new Android 8.0 Oreo. As the search giant explains, “Android 8.0 includes a feature that sends out a ‘rescue party’ when it notices core system components stuck in crash loops. Rescue Party then escalates through a series of actions to recover the device. As a last resort, Rescue Party reboots the device into recovery mode and prompts the user to perform a factory reset.”
Once a problem is detected, Rescue Party will activate itself, escalating to the next rescue level if it’s not resolved. Each level will take up to five minutes according to Google, and the hope is that the phone will be able to self-recover instead of requiring you to initiate a support inquiry through the manufacturer or carrier. Rescue Party is turned on by default in Android 8.0 Oreo, and no special hardware support is required.
Rescue Party is turned on by default in Android 8.0 Oreo, and no special hardware support is required.
This is great news since there have been multiple Google Pixel, Nexus, and LG G4, and V10 users with bootlooping devices. Of course, some of these are hardware-related, but Rescue Party could help eliminate software-related bootloops on a systemic level. For more information on Android 8.0 Oreo, check out our article on the new features and changes it’ll bring.
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