Google has released developer preview images for Android ‘O’ ahead of Google I/O 2017 that is said to happen in May, every year. The previous version, Android N also followed the same timeline for launch. The currently released, developer preview 1 is for developers to start understanding the changes, report bugs , if any and make their apps compatible for the new platform. Here are the new Android O features that are come to your phone.
Android O features
The newest version, Android O, brings several new features such as notification channels, PIP, adaptive icons, along with some of the new APIs — autofill, font resources in XML, autosizing TextView, WebView enhancements, and more.
This time, the preview release is not going as an OTA update to all the beta users with Nexus devices who signed up. Instead, the developer has to manually download and flash the new OS.
Android O is now available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. The preview can be downloaded from the android developer portal for the respective device.
As per the timeline provided by Google, the second developer preview will be available during the developer conference in may. And the final release happening sometime in the quarter 3 of the year.
Google says as follows:
“The first two preview milestones provide an early test and development environment that help you identify compatibility issues in your current apps and plan migration or feature work needed to target the new platform.
At previews 3 and 4 you’ll have access to the final O APIs and SDK to develop with, as well as near-final system images to test system behaviors and features.”
New Features and APIs
Anyway, for a casual user, Android O promises better battery life and notifications. Google is also putting some additional limitations on background apps in areas like implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. This can improve the battery life drastically and the user experience can also become faster. And for the notifications part, the new version can allow you to snooze notifications so they appear at a later time, just like you do with email.
The new Autofill APIs will allow users to select an autofill app that stores and secures user data, such as addresses, user names, and even passwords.Where as adaptive icons support visual effects, and can display a variety of shapes across different device models. Fonts also are now a fully supported resource type in Android O, making better multi-user support.
There is a new native API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio. AAudio API can be seen as an addition to back the rumors that the Pixel 2 would not come with an audio jack.
For all other android devices, its just a long wait. Even Android N is only running on around 3% of devices and so Android O will no where be close.
Still, you can get the Android O’s new wallpaper for your phone now. Download it from here.