5 things you need to know about Android O

Posted March 24, 2017

The first Android O Developer Preview, which is "strictly" not intended for daily or consumer use, is available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices.

Last Tuesday, Google finally released a developer preview of their next mobile operating system, now known only as Android O. Much to the surprise of many tech analysts, Google was able to integrate two of the most important features needed by every mobile device - extending battery life and faster updates. Stay tuned for more info. This feature will enable the smartphone users to save a lot of battery. Google will do so by clamping down on power consumption to improve battery life.

Android O puts a "big priority on improving a user's battery life", Google says, explaining that the software will limit how much apps can do in the background. According to Google, an app is only considered to be in the background if it's not showing any visible activity, it doesn't have any foreground service and it is not connected to a foreground app through its services. These changes are projected to enhance the feel of the platform and would also harvest on the powerful processor those most high-end devices come packed with.

One of the features that will definitely make users excited about the "O" is the Picture-in-Picture feature. "Picture in Picture (PIP) display is now available on phones and tablets, so users can continue watching a video while they're answering a chat or hailing a vehicle", reads an excerpt from Burke's blog post.

Notification channels have been introduced on Android O. This feature creates new application categories for notifications.

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We recently reported that with the new Android 7.1.2 beta 2 update the Nexus 6P finally got the highly requested fingerprint scanner gesture feature.

There's now a wide color gamut option for developers to better take advantage of the insane good screens on our phones, including AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, DCI-P3, and more. The interface of the launcher works just like on the phones and features the swipe-up style app drawer and the weather/date widget on the top of the screen.

Hence with only a few days left to go before the rolling out of the latest update of the Android operating system, it remains to be seen how it fares.

Google added that it will also begin sharing its data on update speed for its own devices with carriers and phone makers as it provides more visibility. "Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them".