After the Android Marshmallow and Nougat, the Android O beta is out in the wild and the third preview from developer has landed in the market. But being a user, what are the brand new features of this Android update, how do you download it, what is the name of this update going to be and when will the ultimate version be released? Read on the concerns of this article to know more on everything that you need to know on Android O.
During its I/O developer conference in 2017, Google spoke about the previously announced features during its latest release of Android O, discussing about the more improved notifications and features that the new OS will offer. There is still no name for this mysterious Android O but there is the beta version available which is faster to install and much more stable than the previous developer preview.
#1: Great background limits
Google has its constant efforts of maximising the battery life of the phones and this started with Android Nougat. Google reports that they have increased the limits of the things that apps can do in the background in a few key areas like background services, broadcasts and location updates. Such changes will make it simpler to create apps which have minimum impact on the device of a user and its battery. Background limits show a noteworthy change in Android and hence they want all developers to get acquainted with them.
#2: Picture in Picture
As per what was revealed in a recent report, Google will now bring the new feature called picture-in-picture which allows users to keep watching videos while they’re working with some other apps. When they do so, the apps will put themselves in PiP mode. In short, when you have Android O, you can watch YouTube clips while even sending boring mails to your office.
#3: New notification channels and dots
With the new update, Google is all set to group notifications into channels which offer userd enough control over categories like app notification. Users are allowed to either block or change the behavior of every single channel, individually. You no longer have to manage all apps and their notifications together. You can also snooze individual notifications, which given the endurance of some Android system notification will be most welcome. You will be able to snooze in 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour. One more new feature is notification dots which are indicators on app icons that will prompt you that there are waiting notifications. This will look similar to iOS.
#4: Autofill APIs
Google is going to bring your favorite password manage app in-house in a similar way you access third-party keyboards. The Android users always depend on a variety of password managers to auto-fill login details and repetitive details which makes placing transactions easier. Now it will be possible to make this take this app more effortlessly available throughout the world by adding platform support for auto-fill.
#5: Adaptive icons
Google is adding a new feature which will allow developers to utilize different shaped app icons depending on the preference of the manufacturer. In the initial dive on the preview, Android Police spotted that app icons can now support badge notifications in Android Oreo.
A handful of devices made by Google will be eligible for the beta and the lucky ones are Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Pixel XL, Pixel and Pixel C. If you are intrigued by the features given above, wait for your phone to update.
Jul 21, 2017 0