Most of the new features of Android Oreo has been known about since the company released its first developer preview for Android O.
One of these new features is called the Rescue Party and its goal is to help you to recover an Android Oreo smartphone or tablet that has run into bootloop issues.
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 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.
The recovery system should also give the user the option of attempting to boot their device again.
Because each rescue level can add up to 5 minutes before a device is operable again, device manufacturers should not add custom rescue levels. Increased time with an inoperable device makes users more likely to initiate a support or warranty inquiry instead of self-recovering their device.