Google has officially announced Android O. The new version of Android is available as Developer Preview. If you possess Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL phones. The Pixel C tablet, you can avail it by downloading the official ROM from Google Server. But one cannot use it on the phone that is a daily driver. Reports are saying that to maximize battery life. The US technology giant is going to put a number of automatic limits in the background on apps. Android O introduces notification channels to provide a unified system to help users manage notifications. Google Developer handbook says.
There are reports that, Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine. Its new feature, called “shortcuts,” will appear as a row of icons below the Google search box. Where now you’d have to ponder and then speak or type a request, the shortcuts will let you tap the icons to get the latest weather, movie show times, sports scores, restaurant recommendations and other common requests.
Almost exactly a year after the Android N Developer Preview launched. Google is unleashing a developer preview of the next major version of Android, “Android O.” We haven’t tried it yet images should be dropping any minute now. The heavy developer documentation is still on lockdown, but we do have a big list of new features to go over.
This first developer preview is apparently not going to be super stable. Google’s blog post notes that it’s early days. There are more features coming, and there’s still plenty of stabilization and performance work ahead of us. But it’s booting.
Google Updates Android O
Google is going to put a number of automatic limits in the background on your apps so as to maximize battery life. The limits are imposing in three particular areas; implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.
According to Google’s Developer handbook, Android O introduces notification channels to provide a unified system to help users manage notifications. This system is designed to give users finer control over notifications, allowing the user to set the importance and notification parameters. Does this mean you can club notification from annoying WhatsApp groups into one channel that has been marking as silent forever? We can only hope so!
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Picture in Picture
Android TV has had this for a while, but now we should be able to view a video in one window while browsing other apps in another. Android 7.0 brought the split window multitasking feature and this seems to be the logical next step in its improvement and is much welcome.
Support for AptX
Bluetooth audio has been generally regarded to be sub-standard that is until AptX came about. It significantly improves the quality of the audio being streamed over Bluetooth, however, while you need an AptX enabled headphone/earphone/speaker. The source of the stream also needs to support the AptX codecs. Additionally, Android O will also support Sony’s High-Definition LDAC codec, which is just like AptX. In totality, Android O will support AptX, AptX HD and LDAC over and above what it already supports.
Visual customization has always been one of the best features of Android and with Android O. Google is giving the developers more freedom to tweak their app’s appearance across devices. Each Smartphone maker provides a mask, which the system then uses to render all icons with that shape. Developers can also choose different sizes of the various shapes along with being able to create“floating” icons. Android O will then automatically animate the icons using effects such as zoom bounce, drop shadows etc.
Some Essential Warnings
While these are some of the most notable changes visible outright from the Android Developer handbook, it should be noted that this is a very early build of Android O and as development progresses, Google just might add or drop one of the above (or any other planned) features. Additionally, this is a developer preview and NOT a ROM released through Google’s Beta Program. This biggest word of caution, however, is that if you do flash this ROM onto your phone, you will not get any OTA updates to the builds that roll out as part of the Android Beta Program. Let alone the final build of the OS.
The Developer Preview of Android O will see four releases. Before the final build of the operating system is released in Q3 2017. Today’s release is the Alpha version of the ROM. with the beta version tentatively schedule to drop sometime between May-June 2017. The final release of the ROM will most likely coincide with the launch of Google’s next flagship, the rumored trio of devices that we’ve been hearing about.