While Android 7.0 aka Nougat is only available for a handful of devices, Google has already rolled out its upcoming OS for developers. Entitled as Android O for now, the ‘O’ initial definitely builds upon Google’s alphabet moniker and brings all the goodness alongside it. Google, however, hasn’t mentioned all of the features of the upcoming OS, but we expect it see additional features before Google I/O 2017.
Let’s take a look at the feature of the new Android O developer preview.
Improving battery life of a smartphone has been a headache for most of the manufacturers, and Google is no exception here. The company has been trying hard to optimize its software to improve a device battery life since Android Marshmallow and the new Android O will build upon that.
Even though you won’t notice the work done behind by the software, the new battery optimization feature is the most appreciable of all. To give you an example, if you’re using Facebook or Twitter while having Google Maps in the background, the app will ask for a location less frequently.
We can’t deny that Android is being enjoyed more and more for its visually appealing UI and thanks to the new notification design, users will be now allowed to manage the notifications into channels or so-called “app-defined categories for notification content”.
Albeit the fact that the new feature on Android O is being enjoyed by most of the iPad users, the new picture-in-picture mode on the new OS version will definitely prove to be handy for almost all Android users. Users can now enjoy their video while interacting with other apps like Maps or E-Mail.
The new Adaptive Icons feature seems quite fascinating since it will now allow apps to display different shapes across multiple of devices. If a developer chooses to utilize this feature, the app icon can be displayed in a square shape on one device and circular in another. The new Android O will utilize the icon in launcher, shortcuts, Settings, sharing dialogs, and in the overview screen.
New Keyboard Shortcuts for Android Tablets
A good news for most of the Android Tablet and Chromebook owners as the new Android O brings better support for developers to make shortcuts much handier and easier to use through an external/physical keyboard. Definitely a good step by Google for tablet lovers.
Although the aforementioned features are just a small part of the massive update, the new OS brings tons of newer and clever features. Some of them are HiFi Bluetooth Audio support, lockscreen shortcuts, improved gesture support, and a clever way to manage your cache data.