Ever since Android arrived in 2008. It keeps on adding new features and updating itself.
This nature of Android made it the most flexible operating system till date. In this travel of advancing towards new heights, Google has just brought its first developer preview of Android O, the next OS from Google.
But what is the meaning of Android O? Just like Kitkat or Marshmallow does this ‘O’ hints to some sweet substance? Is it Oreo or is it Orange Whip?
Well, only time will tell what Android O is!
Right now we have to look at some of the key features which we found in this developer’s preview of Android O.
14 Best Android O Features
#1. Notification dots
Google introduced the functionality to show you notifications on the app icons in the latest Android O, the feature called “Notification dots’. The new feature will show you associated with one or more app notification on your device, which allows the user to do not force-close the current activity. You can also reply or close the notification by long-pressing on an app icon.
#2. Background Limits
Sometimes people forget to close that background running app that can directly affect the battery and the performance of the device. So Google introduced new limits on background location and wi-fi scans, and changes in the way apps run in the background to prevent your device from overuse and improve your battery life and clear some space.
#3. Picture in Picture Display
Whether you are video calling with your friends or watching your favorite video on YouTube. Now you can manage multiple tasks efficiently with the new feature Picture in Picture on Android O. the PiP mode is specially designed for to perform multitask which will help you mostly for video playback. The PiP mode was already available for Android TV and now recently arrived on Android device with the first Android O Public Beta.
#4. Autofill with Google
Google’s new Autofill Framework on its next-gen OS can save your time and lesser input errors while filling out the form by autofill feature in the smartphone, autofill feature will sync your password and other detail just like Chrome’s Autofill. With the Autofill Framework, you can fill up your form such as accounts and credit card form easily and you do not need to type your account detail repeatedly with this O’s new feature. The Autofill Framework will manage the communication between the app and an autofill service. You can easily enable or disable this feature navigate to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Default apps > Autofill app.
#5. Smart Text Selection
In Android O, Google improved its machine learning power means your device will remember the titles like addresses, URLs, phone number, email ID and much more with Smart Text Selection feature. This Android O makes your copy and pastes action better while selecting the whole content or links and posting at the right place or on an app to take action depends on the selected entity. For example, if you highlight a phone number then you just need to tap to dial to make a further action or if you select any address then your device will quickly navigate you to that address in just single touch.
#6. Adaptive Icons
Google Pixel launcher already has adaptive icons feature, but now adaptive icons will be available for the entire Operating System once Android O arrives. These adaptive icons will be flexible enough so you can change them with different shape masks and also outside borders. These icons will be supported by the launcher itself and also by shortcuts, sharing dialogues, device settings, and overall app screen view.
#7. Font Resources in XML
This feature will be liked by developers for sure because now developers have more say and weight when it comes to configuring in XML layouts. Now the apps will be friendly with both fonts and styles, and developers can bundle a font of their choice and can use them in their apps more easily than what they can right now.
Users will have better connectivity between the two Android O devices. The music will have better sound with high-quality Bluetooth audio with Sony LDAC code when you are using a Bluetooth connection.
The hardware support with WiFi Aware specification will be able to give you greater communication with different devices without the central access point.
Lastly, the third party calling apps will now work well with carrier-specific features. With this function, you can get a display of calling information, and that data will be displayed and controlled over Bluetooth.
#9. Wide range of Colors for Apps
Now you will have a wide gamut color for apps with Android O, and thus the displays will have more leverage. This will suit the most to the image editors and photo viewers. If a particular app developer enables a setting which will let the system know that the app has wide gamut color aware and embed a wide color profile. Those who work with Pro Photo RGB, DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB will feel happy now.
#10. New TV launcher for Android TV
Google revealed new Android TV Launcher along with new Android O. The new TV launcher makes it easy for a user to search, preview and watch content on the app, and you can also create new channels, add, remove and update the program and manage your list of the shows in the channel. For example, you can create your our new channel like “What’s new” for newly available shows. The apps will not manage the order in which channel shows in the launcher. Your newly created app will appear at the bottom of the channel list in the app. You can also change the order, hide and show channel using this app.
#11. AAudio API for Pro Audio
Now there will be a new native API with Android O which will now allow apps to use high performance in audio even with low-latency audio streams. The first versions of the AAudio API are yet to be known, but it seems that it will be worth waiting to make a significant change in this specification.
#12. Better Keyboard Navigation
Users and developers can now feel happy as Android O will have a better Keyboard navigation throughout the interface. Now there will be more predictable navigation via arrow and tab which will be the new models for keyboard navigation on Android O.
TensorFlow Lite is Google’s open source machine learning library for all developers to take advantage of machine learning to improve the user experience. It uses LSTM techniques to improve your user experience. It will also help you to keep some of the AI components on the device and search an online server to evaluate things like actions on text selection. Google is also working on a new Neural Network API that will be helpful for TensorFlow to act to speed up computing.
#14. WebView Enhancements
Android O will allow multi-process mode for the WebView components as it has in Nougat as default and then it adds an API which will help developers to handle their error and crashes. This will also make apps which use development languages for better stability and security. Users will also get benefitted as they can enable Google Safe Browsing for those remote URLs.
Mind you most of these features are developer centric so users may not get much out of this, but one thing users can remain assured about is that they will get the better operating system with the launch of Android O.
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