It’s not been long that the people started to relish the advent of Android 7.0 Nougat; they received a new treat in form of the next version of the operating system.
Yes, we are here talking about the new Android version ‘O’, of which developer preview images were made available on March 21st, 2017. At the initial stage, the images are available only for Nexus Player, 6P, 5X and Pixel, Pixel C, XL. So, it is indeed the good news for android app developers.
If you own any of these mentioned devices you can download them by clicking here.
Call it bridging the gap between mobile apps and mobile web, or dawn of a newly defined app world, the concept of Android Instant Apps, by all means, is grabbing the attention globally.
Android 8.0 Oreo Release date
As of now only the features and the developer preview images are shared and there is no fixed date for the release of Android O. However, Google did share a release timeline, which is as follows:
However, we are expecting to have a glimpse of the first developer version at the Google’s I/O Developer Conference which is scheduled between May 17 and 19. It is also believed that at the same time, the search giant might probably officially confirm the details.
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Features in Android O
1. Background Limits
With the launch of Android Oreo, Google is focusing on saving the battery life of user smartphones and on intelligent execution.
To get this thing done they decided to put restrictions on the processes which applications perform being incognito.
The three regions include: foundation administrations, area refreshes, and verifiable communicates. With a proper execution of these progressions, the insignificant effects on user’s device and its battery life will be eventually minimized.
2. Notification channels
This feature will give extra control on notifications enabling users to customize the notifications they receive from mobile applications. Thus, you can now block the unnecessary information which the app provides, and can save a lot of time for your daily routine.
Apart from this, even the developers will be able to change the way their app notification interacts with the user by changing its background color. This not only can help prioritize the notification but will also allow them to add some extra content in it during the collapsed form.
3. Autofill APIs
While a few might find this boring, but once you’ll have it, you’ll undoubtedly feel the ease.
With Android O, Google is introducing Autofill APIs that will allow you to securely store your details like address, contact detail, mail address, passwords etc. Users can select data-storing apps which can play the role of their autofill app.
Let us suppose you have an important mail waiting to be read, but you also don’t wish to pause and move back to mailbox leaving behind the video you are watching.
Android O introduces Picture-in-Picture feature, which allows you to keep watching the video while reading/replying to that important mail.
This becomes possible by keeping the video at the bottom of your phone’s screen in form of a small window. Thus now you won’t have to stop watching your favorite video every time you have some other important work to be done.
5. Adaptive Icons
This is another feature which will impact the user experience with its adaptive look. Till date, we have seen that the mobile apps we download from app store often throws off the looks when gets installed.
The custom OS skins will now get retreat through adaptive icons, which will transform their shape automatically keeping in mind your home screen theme.
This multi-shape options available includes a circle, square, rounded square or any other thing which helps in making your home screen look better.
Gone are the days of tangling wires of earbuds and cans, smartphone users today prefer connectivity through Bluetooth. Google has proved that they understand the changing user needs and are prepared to remold themselves for better service.
With the release of Android 8.0 people will have their devices loaded with ‘high-quality Bluetooth codecs’, which not only will improve the quality of wireless cans but will also provide Hi-Res Audio Playback over Bluetooth by utilizing Sony’s LDAC technology.
To make this happen Sony, in fact, became a major partner and contributed by providing over 30 feature enhancements and 250 bug fixes till date.
7. Multi-Display Support
This feature might not be useful to everyone but indeed is a major step. As we know that Chrome OS is becoming friendly with Android, Google’s this feature might come as a corresponding with a Chromebook. However, for this feature, we cannot say anything confirms as of now but can wait till it lands.
How to Install Android O Beta
Now that we know about when it’ll come and what all it’ll be offering to the users, let us learn how to install the update once it’s available. Here’s the process:
- Visit the site
- Choose your Nexus/Pixel device on which you’d like to enroll the beta version.
- Check if your handset shows the ‘system update’ notification
- Download and install the update
- Wait till your smartphone reboots
- Here you are with your Pixel/Nexus device loaded with Android O.
Google not only knows how to stay in news but is also aware of the ways they can earn love and trust of their clients. The launch of Android Nougat followed by the testing for Android Instant Apps and now the Developers Preview Image of Android O are clear signs of their excellence.
The entire list of innovations has finally gained more eyeballs for the coming I/O Developers conference. Let’s wait and see how they unleash better prospects in the coming time and how well these features will gain the love and trust of people.