Google announces Android O developer preview

Apr 05, 2017, 00:51
Google announces Android O developer preview

Non-developers that want an early look can enroll in the Android Beta program.

On the Pixel and the Pixel XL handsets, the update brings only two changes: an update to the March 5 security patch and a "Powered by Android" logo that Google introduced some time back for all of the handsets that run its OS.

Now what the "O" stands for is still anyone's guess, and as for the version number, we can only assume it will be Android 8.0, at least for now but we'll keep our eyes peeled anyway. Many of these features aren't consumer-facing, but rather work behind-the-scenes to make Android a better mobile platform.

Android O also aims to give users more control over which types of notifications they see from their apps. To test the Google's Android O Developer Preview, you have to flash the factory image files manually.

Google released a developer preview for its new operating system Android O well ahead of its release.

On top of that, Android O will also add new visuals and grouping to notifications, which will make it easier for users to see what's going on when they have an incoming message.

Auto Fill APIs: Users can choose an "autofill" app similarly to how you now choose a default keyboard. What this means, essentially, is that you will be able to group notifications for similar apps.

Google, yet again, is betting big on improving the battery life of the phones.

The picture-in-picture feature will enable users to continue watching a video whilst using other apps.

Just like its iOS counterpart, Android now too has adaptive icons bringing dynamic shapes with animations and quick information.

We are approaching the end of the third month of the year 2017, and we are expecting more news to come in from the world of technology.

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As per the report, picture-in-picture mode, which is only available on Android TV now, may also make it into Android O.

The Android O developer preview was announced this week, with new features such as the energy-conserving "background limits" and new picture-in-picture features.

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