Not long ago, we published an article questioning your knowledge of the android version on your mobile phone. Now, Google has officially announced a new android version – Android O. This of course is not the final name, you can expect the ‘O’ to represent something nice, just like they did with previous versions. If we’re to go by the rumors, it could be called Oreo. But let’s not get too excited on the name yet as it’s still just a rumor.
There are a lot of devices already running Nougat out of the box, while there’s also a lot of android users still on Marshmallow. You can trust Google not to reveal all the features of the latest android version just like they did with the developer preview of android N. With time, we’ll definitely find out more about the new android version.
Android O – What’s new?
One of the most notable new features in the Android O is the automatic limits on background activity which would help save a lot of battery.
Android O introduces notification channels which gives users control over certain types of notifications they can block or snooze in one go. You won’t need to manage all notifications as if they were the same.
Google makes autofill easier by adding platform support for such apps. Users are able to select an autofill app just the way you select a keyboard app. This app will store and secure user information such as names, password, etc. It would be able to fill in stored information like passwords where necessary.
Android O brings picture-in-picture (PIP) support for apps across the OS, so you will be able to continue watching a video while navigating through other apps. This is not a new feature to some android users as it’s present in devices like Samsung, but it’s a welcome addition.
O also adds adaptive launcher icons which displays different shapes across different devices. A launcher icon can display in a circular shape on one device, and be displayed in a square shape on another.
For the audiophiles, Android O supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as LDAC codec. There’s also a new native AAudio API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio.
These are the most notable changes present in Google’s latest android version. You would agree they’re interesting developments.
The Android O Developer Preview includes an updated SDK which can be tested on the Android Emulator as well as on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. The developer preview is available here.
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