Google has released the Developer preview of its upcoming Android version: Android O. The preview helps us to get an insihght into what all can be expected from the new Android release. Here are the improvements that Google is bringing to its users in the next Android upgrade.
Android O will continue the work done in Android Nougat to improve the battery performance of the Android devices. Android O will come with additional limits on apps, targeting three crucial aspects: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. The apps created with these changes in place will put minimal stress on user device’s battery performance.
Android O brings notification channels which will allow users to have a better control over the channels through which an app notification appears. Users will now be able to change the way each of these channels act. This also includes grouping and new visuals added to notifications for the user’s ease while viewing the notifications.
Google has now added a platform support for autofill in its latest Android O, meaning, users can store their information such as passwords, addressees or names in an Autofill app. This will make it easier to use the stored information across the Android ecosystem.
Android O will come with a Picture in Picture mode, wherein users will be able to continue watching a video while replying to a chat message or booking a ride.
Google has branded Fonts as a fully supported resource type in the new Android O. This will allow apps to use fonts in XML layout and define font families in XML.
Imaging apps of Android can now use devices that support a wide-gamut colour display.
Android O will come with enhanced connectivity options like the LDAC codec for high-quality Bluetooth audio. It will also incorporate Wi-Fi Aware, a Wi-Fi feature which will allow nearby devices to communicate through Wi-Fi without an internet access.
In Android O, Google has come up with a ‘arrow’ and ‘tab’ navigation for a more reliable and predictable model. The arrival of Google Play apps on Chrome OS initiated this change.
This new API has been designed especially for the apps that need high-performance audio on a low-latency. This will be done by reading/ writing datda through streams.
Google has added an API that lets apps handle errors and crashes for better security and app stability.