Android ‘O’ Developer Preview: Know what the Internet Giants are up to
The netizens and smartphone enthusiasts were treated to a delightful news last month, when Google officially released their first developer preview of their next mobile software, Android “O”. The preview is out for devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus player, Pixel and Pixel C. Going by the developer preview, it’s very clear that Android O has been particularly designed to extend battery life and aid users to perform multiple tasks with ease.
What’s behind the letter “o”?
With the first preview being launched, everyone was busy with their guesswork of what’s the name would be. Google follows this common trend of naming their mobile software related to a sweet, Which is the reason why it’s highly anticipated and pre-assumed that it may well be Oreo or Oatmeal cookie. But you never now until it’s officially publicized.
Why you should get excited
Improving the device’s battery life and interactive performance will be the primary motive as far as the development is concerned. Along with that, new limits will be introduced that refrains apps from running in the background which leads to quick draining of mobile battery and to have a grip on notifications. Also, all new multitasking features are set to be added.
Battery life boost
To extend the battery life, Google will work on blocking apps performing certain tasks while running in the background. Regulation will be imposed, in a way, the applications won’t longer be responding to implicit broadcasts. And when a mobile application is idle, there will be restrictions on background services and location updates too.
Limitation over notifications
This mobile software touches on providing supreme control to users, letting them choose only what they want to see. It’s turning out to be one common problem, isn’t? Now, Google has planned to effect a great attention in detail user management system by incorporating a feature called Notification channels.
New alternatives for multitasking
Google has planned to reinforce several options for multitasking. One worth mentioning is the “Picture in Picture(PIP)” display option. Effectively, it allows you to play video while engaging in other tasks like answering a chat, call and many other. Also, you can set and specify aspect ratio along with other customized interactions. What’s even more fascinating is the second screen option which can be used alongside the mobile that functions more like a remote display.
The connectivity part
Users can experience high in fidelity audio, as Android O is built to support high-quality Bluetooth codecs. A new feature called Wi-Fi aware will be introduced by which apps and devices can locate and communicate over a Wi-Fi network without an Internet access point. Extension of Connection service API’S mean that third party calling apps can combine with system UI and function easily with audio apps.
One can find plentiful font resources in XML as wide-range and highly sought-after fonts will be defined under the font families in XML. Apps can also use them in different XML layouts.
It’s believed that greater emphasis will be given to user interaction. Adaptive icons can be created and in concurrence, the system shall display it in different aspects. Also, lively animations will be in use for each and every interaction purposes.
Till now, Google hasn’t released an official word on when will it be made available for general public. With the first preview launched on March 21, you can expect next announcement from them in the month of May, time of the year where Google’s international developer’s conference takes the stage.