Android O Developer Preview 1 Released-Brings Adaptive Icons, Background Limits, And More
The Android O developer preview has been released early just like last year’s Android N. The developer preview is meant solely for the app developers and device makers and is arguably very buggy at this point. Android O brings with it background limits, standard autofill APIs, notification channels, picture-in-picture video, adaptive icons, as well as provides support for the multi-display.
With no Halo feature as of yet, the update has primarily focused on streamlining notifications and improving battery life. It also brings with it a new keyboard control in the wake of Chromebooks helping Android applications natively.
The Android O Developer Preview is ‘strictly’ not intended for the daily or consumer use. Google has developed the Android O preview images available for the compatible devices, namely, the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel C, and Pixel XL. No betas or OTA images are available for now, and it means the users would have to flash the developer preview onto their devices.
While the features as mentioned earlier are being rolled out with the first build, there will be much more added in the course of time, as the final release won’t happen anytime before Q3 2017. Google has also revealed its plans for further developer preview releases. Android O Developer Preview 2 will be released in May while the Developer Preview 3 will be released in June with final APIs, and the complete Developer Preview 4 will be released in July. The last release would be in the third quarter. Formally, Google has revealed that the smart trucker jacket that would arrive this fall for $350.
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Android O Features In Developer Preview 1
For now, the Android O Developer Preview 1 will brings the background limits, which means apps running in the background will be more strictly controlled resulting in battery life performance.
Notification Channels in Android O
The Notification Channels feature lets the users in managing app’s notification categories. It enables developers in giving the users fine-grained control over different kinds of notifications. The users could block or change the behaviour of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the app’s notifications together. Android O also adds new visuals and grouping to notifications which make it easier for users to see what is going on when they have an incoming message or are while glancing at the notification shade.
Autofill APIs in Android O
Another significant change is the autofill APIs which necessarily brings platform support for autofill. It means that the service will work across ecosystem by just selecting an autofill app, similar to the way they select a keyboard app. The autofill app stores and secures user data, such as addresses, usernames, and passwords. For the apps that want to handle autofill, Google has added the new APIs to implement an Autofill service.
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Other Android O Features
As leaked earlier, Android O also brings the picture in picture video support, along with a new app overlay window for apps to use instead of system alert window, and multi-display support for launching an activity on a remote display. Support for the adaptive icons that change every day, and also support for animated icons, has been added. Apart from this, there were several other developer-friendly features added, and you can read about them in detail on Google’s blog post.