Android O Developer Preview Released By Google. Google formally launched the next version of its mobile Android Operating System Android O (Android 8.0) on 21 March. The Android 8.0 Developer Preview is now available for the developers to download. As of now Android 8 is in development mode so it is not available for general users for daily uses.
Android O preview has been released for a selected devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C or a Nexus Player Only. The official name of the new Android version will be revealed after a few months.
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About New Features in Android O:
Android O introduces a number of new features and capabilities for users and developers. Here’s are list of few new things that will found in Android O Developer Preview:
Notifications: In Android O, Google redesigned notifications to provide an easier and more consistent way to manage notification behavior and settings.
Google is grouping notifications into channels that offer users greater control over app notification categories
New Feature of Notification Channels that allow user to create a user-customizable channel for each type of notification you want to display. Users will have the power to see only those alerts that are relevant to them.
Snooze Notifications: Users can snooze notifications to reappear at a later time. Notifications reappear with the same level of importance they first appeared with. Snoozing will be possible for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or one hour.
Background Limits: Background Limits has been added on Android O to improve battery life. It can control the battery power consumption by limiting services running in the background. It can also restrict broadcasts and location updates.
Picture-In-Picture: As revealed in a recent leak, Google is bringing new PiP (picture-in-picture) features that enable users to continue watching videos while working within other apps. PIP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. In Android O you will able to watch YouTube clips while doing other multitasking.
Adaptive Icons: Android O introduces adaptive launcher icons, which can display a variety of shapes across different device models.
For example, a launcher icon can display using a circular shape on one Samsung device, and display a squircle on another device.The new launcher icons are also used in shortcuts, the Settings app, sharing dialogs, and the overview screen.
Better Keyboard Navigation: Google Play apps on Chrome OS and other large form factors.So, in Android O, the company is making improvements to cater for the Chromebook crowd.
Wide-gamut color for apps: Android developers of imaging apps can now take advantage of new devices that have a wide-gamut color capable display.This isn’t HDR, which offers more (and less) brightness, but wide-color, which offers more colors.
Wi-Fi Aware:Wi-Fi Aware, also known as Neighbor Awareness Networking or NAN, provides devices running the Android O Developer Preview with the appropriate hardware to discover and connect directly to each other via Wi-Fi Aware without any other type of connectivity between them, such as Wi-Fi Access Point or Cellular.
Autofill APIs: Autofill API will allow users to select a designated autofill app, “similar to the way they select a keyboard app.” This should make password managers work a lot better, without the need for janky copy/paste solutions or hacks to the keyboard framework.
ART Optimizations: Google says the Android Runtime (ART) is “faster than ever before, with improvements of up to 2x on some application benchmarks.” ART is the run time Engine that powers Java apps on Android, so an improvement to ART can automatically make run better. Google is also promising new Java APIs, like Java.time.
Those are some new features included by Google in their Next Operating System Android O. 🙂