The US-based search engine Google has launched developer preview images of its latest version of the mobile operating system, code-named Android O.
The new version of Android will have a lot of amazing features including Adaptive icons, Picture in Picture (PIP), Notifications channels and more.
The developer preview images are available for download for the users of Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL. Instructions on how to download the preview are also available on the official website. Google has also made available a Wear 2.0 version of Android O which is available only through the emulator.
Android O features
According to the download preview image, the Android O’s feature will include Notification Channels, Background limits, Autofill APIs, PIP, font resources in XML, adaptive icons and High-quality Bluetooth audio codecs.
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Using the notification channels, the developers will gain refined control over different kinds of notification. The users will be able to manage notification of individual apps rather than managing all the app’s notification at the same time.
According to the preview the Android O, built on Nougat’s battery life improvements, has additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background. This particular feature will enable to create apps with minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. The latest version of Android O has a lot to offer to its users.
The latest version of Android also eases how a user wishes to use keyword and the autofill option. With the autofill app, the user will be able to store and secure user data like address and names as well as passwords. The Android O will also enable users to watch videos while being on a chat.
This particular feature is completely a new as no mobile operating system so far has been able to provide its users a service enabling them to view movies or pictures while being on a chat. The PIP is a unique feature that will provide a complete entertainment to the users.
Supported by various new Java 8 APIs and runtime optimizations, Android O offers a high-quality Bluetooth audio codes and WiFi features such as WiFi Aware-based Neighborhood Aware Networking. Moreover, the Connection Service APIs have been upgraded to support calling apps that wish to inform Telecom of their calls without having the system Phone app to display the call.
Although the company has launched the developer preview images, the first preview image won’t be stable until Q3 of 2017. The schedule is similar to Google’s Android Nougat preview program launched in 2016.
The launch of the developer preview image does not mean that it will be rolled out to the Android Beta program. A complete rollout would take some time. The search engine giant, Google, has asked developers to make their app compatible with Android O so that their users can enjoy a seamless transition when they upgrade.
Google has issued a complete guide about the Android O on its official website.