Google has just released a developer preview of Android O.
Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering, says it is still early days and there is still plenty of performance and stabilisation work that needs to be done on the OS.
“STILL WE DON’T KNOW WHAT DESSERT THE FINAL VERSION WILL BE NAMED AFTER.”
Google will be adding new features in the developer previews before it’s all finalized later in the summer. For now, what we have is a very early sneak peek at some of the new features — including notification channels, adaptive icons, and picture-in-picture mode for phones and tablets.
Here are the new features of Android O:
Andorid O will come with additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, thus saving battery life even more.
Android O features something Google calls “notification channels” that let developers grouping different kinds of notifications or text message alerts and control them individually. The notification shade also groups notifications by channel, making skimming through them easier.
Google brings autofill feature by adding platform support for such apps. So it will be able to fill passwords and other details for you across the OS making life much easier.
Picture in picture:
picture-in-picture support for apps across the OS, so you will be able to minimize the video if you have to do something else. You can set custom interactions on the reduced window.
Android O comes with high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as LDAC codec. Plus a new native API for apps which need high-performance, low-latency audio.
Two hypothetical phones with NAN could find each other and connect without any additional apps or configuration, allowing them to share data at high speeds.
The Android O Developer Preview provides several APIs for better stability and security, and users will benefit if developers enable Google Safe Browsing for remote URLs.
Adaptive icons, meanwhile, are customisable icons that also have an animated angle to them. such animations as are needed to the masked icons, like outlines, zooms, “bounces,” and drop shadows.
The developer preview is available here: http://developer.android.com/preview/index.html
many more to come, stay tuned for latest updates on Android O.