First Android O Developer Preview is now available to download
Earlier today, Apple released a RED iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus to fight AIDS. Now, we have another tech news from Google, and it is the newest version of Android. Google released Android O developer preview (possibly Android Oreo) to some Nexus and Pixel phones. The Preview is an early look at Google’s new take on Android. I would like to quote Android O as “Android Oreo,” so let’s call it by that name throughout this article.
Android Oreo (Android O) is packed with plenty of new features, but there is nothing groundbreaking. This version will be focused on improving the battery life and working of apps by allowing users to control the background activity. In Android Marshmallow, Google added a feature via which the user got the control of permissions that apps want in a smartphone. Now we can choose an App’s background behavior in Android Oreo. Let’s have a look at what an ordinary user is getting from this version of Android OS.
Picture in Picture Mode (PIP):
Split screen and multitasking are no longer new to Android OS after Nougat update. But there is more from Google in this section. The picture in Picture mode is making its way to Android Oreo. As we have huge screen phones today, it is possible to work on a document and watch your favorite TV show on Netflix. A lot more options will arrive in next developer’s release.
With Google’s Pixel phones, Nexus phones were no longer the best stock Android phones. Google used consistent icon layout (round icons) in the Pixel (just like iOS). At last, we will be able to choose different shapes of out icons according to the selected mask. The icons will also show new animations on interaction inside app shortcuts, launcher, and settings. Awesome!
Are you a password manager user? Then Android O is for you. Google added support for using autofill API in Android Oreo which means that developers can now allow password manager apps to use autofill functionality in their apps. It’s up to developers to add support for apps like LastPass and implement it. Rejoice!
In Android Marshmallow, app permissions’ grant access was handed over to the user. The apps can only use permissions if a user allowed them. Google is doing the same thing with the background apps activity. In Android Oreo, a user can limit an app’s background activity the way he/she wants. This will also increase the performance and battery life of future Android smartphones.
In Android Nougat, Google changed the way notifications work on an Android phone. They introduced quick reply feature for notifications. Notifications are also a primary focus in Android O. The “Notification Channels” is something new that Google is playing with. By adding relevant notifications in a channel, Google will bundle similar notifications in the way a user wants. A user can manage the notification groups easily rather than managing all of the notifications individually.
The prediction functionality will be better in Android O throughout the device. The arrow and tab models are coming in Android Oreo for better keyboard navigation.
Finally, Android will support hi-fi audio codecs over Bluetooth. The one that was mentioned in the blog post by Google is Sony’s LDAC one. Another connectivity feature that will be available for Android O devices is Wi-Fi Aware or Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN). It will allow devices to communicate with other devices over Wi-Fi without an internet access point.
Font resources in XML:
There are many people out there wanting this feature badly. But for now, only Android developers can use them. In Android O, developers can bundle different font families which mean that users will be able to apply custom fonts within apps. I hope that we will see beautiful fonts from developers instead of some crazy looking fonts.
More about Android Oreo:
The developer preview is available for selected devices including Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C devices. This version of Android O is only for developers, so wait for the Android Beta released which will be available anytime (not soon). Google I/O 2017 is also on its way so stay tuned.