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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Android O, fourth developer preview Get Closer to Launch

Android "O" the latest operating system ,was first released as an alpha quality developer preview on March 21, 2017. The second developer preview was released on May 17, 2017, and it is considered beta quality and the third developer preview was released on June 8, 2017 and finalizes the API. On July 24, 2017 a fourth developer preview was released which includes the final system behaviors and the latest bug fixes and optimizations.You may also want to publish your APK updates in your alpha, beta, or production channels with the current targeting level, so that they’re available as users start to receive Android O.

Android O Release Date: When does Android O come out?

During its I/O keynote, Google said ‘O’ would come later ‘in the summer’ which is the same time frame it gave last year with ‘N’. Hopefully, we’ll see final version launch – for the Pixel at least – before the end of August. follows that the first handset to ship with Android O Pixel 2 smartphone, which we’re expecting to see launch in autumn by the end all Google own-brand devices getting access to the final build of Android O later this year.

“O” Android features :

1) Background limits
Improved battery life - Who doesn't want more battery life? Android O uses restricted background activities to squeeze out more minutes. This de-prioritizes background functions. This is in addition to improvements to Doze, which turns off idle applications. The net result could be as much as an hour or two more of battery life.
Paired with likely improvements to the Doze function that intelligently saves battery during down-time, it’s feasible that Android O could help squeeze an extra handful of hours out of your phone.

2)Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
This is a minor feature, but one that makes multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and more of a relaxed experience. In our experience, PiP is in working order and operates as intended when watching a YouTube video.

3) Notification channels and dots

Here’s a nice idea: Google is grouping notifications into channels that offer users greater control over app notification categories ,“Users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the apps’ notifications together,” Google explains.

4) Auto-fill APIs

Google is bringing your favorite password manager apps in-house, in the same way you can access third-party keyboards.

The company writes: “Android users already depend on a range of password managers to auto-fill login details and repetitive information, which makes setting up new apps or placing transactions easier. Now we’re making this work more easily available across the ecosystem by adding platform support for auto-fill.”

5) Adaptive icons

Google is adding a feature that will enable developers to use different-shaped app icons depending on the manufacturer’s preference that will help to create a unified visual style across more apps.

6) Better keyboard navigation

Google says the arrival of the Play Store on the Google Chrome OS means more users are navigating apps using a physical keyboard. So, in Android O, the company is making improvements to cater for the Chromebook crowd.“In Android O, we focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for “arrow” and “tab” navigation that aids both developers and end users,” Google said.

7)Smart Text Selection

In Android O, Google is applying on-device machine learning to copy/paste, to let Android recognize entities like addresses, URLs, telephone numbers and email addresses. This makes the copy/paste experience better by selecting the entire entity and surfacing the right apps to carry out an action based on the type of entity.

8) Better audio

In Android O, Google is adding the Sony’s LDAC codec, which has kindly been donated by the Japanese giant. This should improve upon the Bluetooth A2DP protocol used today.With a bitrate of up to 990Kbps, LDAC promises to be close to lossless audio codec quality. Other changes will give audio application developers more control over sound quality.

9)Faster boot times

And it's not just the operating system that becomes faster to load up, but the apps on your phone can start running faster, too.

we know that the Android O will come to:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Google Pixel (August release rumoured)
  • Google Pixel XL (August released rumoured)
  • HTC U11
  • Pixel C tablet, and the forthcoming Pixel 2
Google has also posted the download links to the OTA files to quickly sideload DP4.
  • Nexus 5X — OTA
  • Nexus 6P — OTA
  • Nexus Player — OTA
  • Pixel — OTA
  • Pixel XL — OTA
  • Pixel C — OTA

What is Android O's name?

Following Android Alpha and Android Beta, Google has always named its Android OS updates after sweet treats, and in alphabetical order. So far we've had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.but there is no clarity on the same

They're more vocal about support for the latest Android features in their favorite apps. With Android O, users are anticipating features like notification channels and dots, shortcut pinning, picture-in-picture, auto-fill and wide-gamut color for apps, and Google Play Protect, as well as Java 8 APIs and run-time optimizations. Google is also promising OS optimizations that should lead to faster boot times and smoother apps.

What`s your suggestions for the name of O android ? are you exciting with O android ?  

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