The early preview of Android O, the next version of Google’s smart OS is out now. It includes several interesting features over the presently available Android Nougat. The key upgrades include improvements to a device’s battery life and app notifications as well as facility for users to store addresses, user-names and passwords for auto filling login and other repetitive tasks.
Early Developers Preview of Android O
Also, the Developer Preview has come along with the updated software development kit which can be used by Android app developers who need testing the OS on device like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Google Pixel devices.
As we know Google keeps naming its OS versions alphabetically, on the name of candies and confections. So far, excepting the Alpha and Beta versions, we have seen Android Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Foryo, GingerBread, Honeycomb, Ice cream Sandwich, Jellybean, Kitkat, lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. The next version O is rumored to be known as Oreo.
As it has been customary, Google always invite developers to try out the new OS and seeks for their feedback against bugs and news upgrades, etc. It’s claimed that company considers the feedback into its products and makes changes accordingly.
Google has not yet hinted when it will release the Android OS to mobile device makers and user because it’s in early stage of development as mentioned by an Android Developer Blog post. Both Android app developers and users still need to wait for long time to get their hands on the OS.
Android O focuses more in improving the battery-life of user-devices by limiting what apps can do while running in background. The three areas in which battery improvements are happening include implicit broadcast, background services and location updates. With these changes Android app developers would be able to create their apps with minimal impact on the battery of devices. With limiting what apps can do while running in background, significant increment in the battery life of device have been noted.
The new OS also introduces Notification Channels, the new app-defined categories for notification content. With them Android app developers give users find-grained control over a variety of notifications. Users have access to block or change the behavior of each individual channel. For now users need managing all notification together but Android O will allow to do that for specific apps.
New OS will have autofill support which lets users select an autofill app similar to selecting a keyboard app. Up until now, users depend on password managers to autofill login details and other repetitively uses information to make transaction easier.
PIP for handsets and new windowing features:
The Android O will have Picture in Picture support which lets developers continue to watch a video they are answering a chat or hailing a car.
Font resources in XML:
Android app developers will be able to use new fonts in XML layouts. Fonts are now fully supported resource type in Android O version.
Now Android app developers would be able to create adaptive icon that goes well with UI of particular application. They will display in different shapes based on mask selected by the device.
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