Moving a step ahead from Nougat, Google has given a quick peek into the next iteration of Android – Android O. Giving an early look at what is to come in coming months, the search giant showcased the developer preview of the next OS, along with its new API, design changes, and some really cool features.
However, as with all developer previews, Google hasn’t revealed a ton-eye popping features. There’s more to come in coming builds, but as of now, these little tweaks and overall structural changes do tempt us a lot.
Here are some of the best things in Android O Developer Preview:
Battery life has been a key focus for Android teams at Google. Nougat had some really impressive power saving features and now, with background limits in Android O, the search giant restricts what apps do in the background, saving some serious amount of juice on the device. Specifically, these limits focus on 3 areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.
Android O is adding support for some new connectivity features, bringing in things like Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN). NAN establishes a connection between apps and devices without an internet access point in between. As per what Google says, the feature is expected to roll out very soon.
Improving the notification setting, Android O will allow users to choose which type of notifications they want to see from which app, rather than controlling all notification from the app the same way. The developers will be defining how the notifications will be categorized and controlled. In addition to this, Android O also brings some visual changes into the notification shade – grouping similar notifications to simplify the viewing experience while checking texts or other updates. It will also allow users to snooze notifications and see them later with the same priority level as earlier.
In Android O, developers can tweak the look and feel by creating adaptive icons. The system will automatically change the shape of the animated icons according to the interface selected by the user. These icons will be working system-wide including the launcher, shortcuts, Settings, sharing dialogs, and in the overview screen.
Android O now supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs to allow calls from third-party apps to interface and be controlled by Bluetooth devices, like cars. Sony has also made their LDAC codec available as part of the new Android. The new AAudio API is designed for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio.
Password Manager Apps
Just like third party keyboards, Android O now allows users to choose a default password manager app with the new autofill API. It will surface usernames and passwords to enter into apps without switching to the password manager app.
So, these are the few changes that will be coming into Android O. However, as we’ve already mentioned, this is an early build and Google is surely working on developing it further. We’ll see more releases in coming days, but as of now, this is it.
However, it is important to note that Google is not launching the release immediately via Android Beta. Instead, developers owning a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, or Pixel C will have to pull it manually and flash their devices.