Google releases developer preview of Android O

24 March, 2017, 03:00 | Author: Sam Montgomery

Android users will have access to dozens of other shortcuts, including useful tools that allow them to translate foreign languages, find a nearby ATM or convert currency amounts.

It should be noted that none of the functionality introduced today is new to Google, it's just been organized differently front and center into Google's core product to make it easier to surface information. The Pixel theme, as we know it to be, is the theme that we see on the Google Pixel smartphones. Google says there will be four Developer Previews, with a final release expected this fall. The company is taking several steps to offer an improved Android experience, whether that means extending battery life, offering more granular control over notifications, or overhauling the Settings app.

The next major improvement in Android O noted by sources is the revamped app icon badge that will display active notifications. Google has achieved this by focusing on three main actions of any app that run in the background: implicit broadcasts, background services and location updates.

Another important update is the picture-in-picture support. The feature is similar Samsung's multi-window support, but Android O will let users set their own aspect ratios, and you'll get custom interaction buttons like play / pause to directly support video display.

Java 8 Language APIs and runtime optimizations: Android O now supports new Java Language APIs, like the new java.time API.

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One advantage Google has over iOS is the notification center.

Notification channels have been introduced on Android O. This feature creates new application categories for notifications. The Android parent has taken a different route when it comes to naming products in comparison with the likes of Samsung and Apple.

In its developer notes, Google warns that the dev build is still a bit shaky, saying: "it's early days, there are more features coming, and there's still plenty of stabilisation and performance work ahead of us".

Google has always managed to come up with a number of new devices with every passing day. The OS is slated to have 4 developer previews.

The search giant has released the latest beta version of Android 7.1.2, pushing some big changes into the software on the Pixel C. It brings the Pixel launcher, new navigation buttons, and a much-improved multitasking interface.

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