Great news for Google Android lovers, as the latest version of the OS, is expected to be launched on Monday (August 21). Android O is supposed to be Android 8, and like it is with all Android updates, everyone just wants to know which dessert name Google is picking this time. The company had announced Android O in May this year at its I/O developer’s conference. It had released a beta version of the OS, but now it looks like the final public version is all set to launch. Initially, the OS will launch for Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones, and after a few days, it will launch for other devices too. There is no information on what the ‘O’ stands for, but Google had posted details about the new features of its all-new operating system.
Google, in May, had suddenly dropped the Android O into the market, when the Android N was still unavailable for many devices. The tech giant had done the same when it had announced the Android Nougat in 2017, way ahead of its own I/O conference. It has to be noted that the first version of Android O will arrive for smartphones like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL phones, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus Player Android TV set-top box. Right now the OS is available in its beta form and can be downloaded too. However, there may be bugs in that variant. Before the final launch, here are the top features of the Android O, which distinguishes it from Android N:
Better battery life
Background Limits, ensures there are automatic limits on apps running in the background. This feature will enable the smartphone users to save a lot of battery. Such changes will also make it easier for developers to make apps that have the least effect on the user’s phone and battery.
Watch the Android O Developer’s preview:
Picture on Picture
This is a refreshing change on Android. Under this new feature, users will be able to use certain apps over other apps. So, you will be able to watch a video even while booking a cab or writing on the notepad. All you need to do is select apps to run in the PiP mode.
Users will be able to create adaptive icons which will ensure better integration with the device interface. The adaptive icons mean that the icons will be displayed in various shapes, according to the mask chosen by the device. Google said that the OS also animates interactions with the icons, which can be used in Settings, shortcuts, as well as on the overview screen.
Notification channels have been introduced on Android O. This feature creates new application categories for notifications. Under this new feature on Android O, users will be able to block or change how the channels function individually. There will be no need to manage every app notification together. The new OS has also added new visuals and groups for the notifications. All of this essentially means that the notifications tab will look much neater now.
Wireless audio sound
Wireless audio, till now has not really been a breeze on smartphones, but now Android O supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as LDAC codec, which will give audio a boost. There are more features introduced for the audio on the smartphone, but this is the most interesting one since wireless sounds from smartphones are something which has not really been explored well, till now.
Android O has introduced better keyboard support for better navigation between applications. The company in its blog said that it is “focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for ‘arrow’ and ‘tab’ navigation” for users.”
Another new feature which will make phones’ display even better. The new feature will give the display screens a wider range of colours. With wide colour gamut (WCG) support, the smartphones will see apps more colours and expressions. Videos and pictures will also get sharper and crisper.
The list above contains the most interesting new features on the Google Android O. However, Google has also introduced other smaller new features, and details about them can be found on the Android Developer’s blog.