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Everything You Need to Know About Android O

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Everything You Need to Know About Android O

Google announced the next preview of Android. Called 'O', it will enter a developer and public preview, much like Android N. Let's take a look at the latest features.

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It’s not been long that the people started to relish the advent of Android 7.0 Nougat; they received a new treat in the form of the next version of the operating system.

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Yes, we are talking about the new Android version ‘O’, of which developer preview images were made available on March 21st, 2017. At the initial stage, the images are available only for Nexus Player, 6P, 5X and Pixel, Pixel C, XL. So, it is indeed good news for android app developers.

If you own any of these devices you can download them by clicking here.

Call it bridging the gap between mobile apps and mobile web, or the dawn of a newly defined app world, the concept of Android Instant Apps, by all means, is grabbing attention globally.

Android 8.0 Oreo Release Date

As of now, only the features and the developer preview images are shared and there is no fixed date for the release of Android O. However, Google did share a release timeline, which is as follows:

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However, we are expecting to have a glimpse of the first developer version at the Google’s I/O Developer Conference which is scheduled for May 17-19. It is also believed that at the same time, the search-engine giant will officially confirm the details.

Features in Android O

1. Background Limits

With the launch of Android Oreo, Google is focusing on saving the battery life of user smartphones and on intelligent execution. To do this, they decided to put restrictions on the processes which applications perform incognito.

The three regions include: foundation administrations, area refreshes, and verifiable communicates. With a proper execution of these progressions, the insignificant effects on the user’s device and its battery life will eventually be minimized.

2. Notification Channels


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This feature will give extra control on notifications enabling users to customize the notifications they receive from mobile applications. Thus, you can now block the unnecessary information which the app provides, and can save a lot of time for your daily routine.

Apart from this, even the developers will be able to change the way their app notification interacts with the user by changing its background color. This not only can help prioritize the notification but will also allow them to add some extra content into the collapsed form.

3. Autofill APIs

With Android O, Google is introducing Autofill APIs that will allow you to securely store your details like address information, contact details, passwords, etc. Users can select data-storing apps which can play the role of their autofill app.

4. Picture-in-Picture

Let us suppose you have an important email waiting to be read, but you also don’t wish to pause your video to move back to your mailbox.

Android O introduces a Picture-in-Picture feature, which allows you to keep watching the video while reading/replying to that important email.

This becomes possible by keeping the video at the bottom of your phone’s screen in the form of a small window. Thus, you won’t have to stop watching your favorite video every time you have some other important work to do.

5. Adaptive Icons

This is another feature which will impact the user experience with its adaptive look. To date, we have seen that the mobile apps we download from the app store often throws off the way we've designed or arranged our home screen.

The custom OS skins will now get retreated through adaptive icons, which will transform their shape automatically, keeping in mind your home screen theme.

This multi-shape options available include a circle, square, rounded square, or any other thing which will help make your home screen look better.

6. Connectivity

Gone are the days of tangling wires of earbuds and cans, smartphone users today prefer connectivity through Bluetooth. Google has proved that they understand the changing user needs and are prepared to remold themselves for better service.

With the release of Android 8.0, people will have their devices loaded with ‘high-quality Bluetooth codecs,’ which not only will improve the quality of wireless cans but will also provide Hi-Res Audio Playback over Bluetooth by utilizing Sony’s LDAC technology.

To make this happen, Sony, in fact, became a major partner and contributed by providing over 30 feature enhancements and 250 bug fixes to date.

How to Install the Android O Beta

Now that we know about when it’ll come and what all it’ll be offering to the users, let us learn how to install the update once it’s available. Here’s the process:

  • Visit the site.
  • Choose your Nexus/Pixel device on which you’d like to enroll the beta version.
  • Check if your handset shows the ‘system update’ notification.
  • Download and install the update.
  • Wait till your smartphone reboots.
  • Your Pixel/Nexus device is now loaded with Android O.

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