Latest News Hints at the Upcoming New Version of Android Operating System

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Latest News Hints at the Upcoming New Version of Android Operating System

Today, Google is releasing the first developer preview of Android O.

But let's get down to the new features and APIs to use in Android apps with this developer preview. The search giant in Android O Developer Preview is adding a new "background limits" feature, which essentially stops the background apps to consume more power.

Android O, as the release is now known, follows last fall's release of Android 7.0 Nougat, which is now installed on about 11 distinct Android devices thanks to Google's apparent lack of concern about platform fragmentation.

Most of us should just be patient and wait for the Android Beta Program update.

Auto Fill APIs: Users can choose an "autofill" app similarly to how you now choose a default keyboard. That means apps will change the way they update location status in the background, as well as other background services.

There will also be June and August previews available for the official Android software releases during the third quarter.

In its developer notes, Google warns that the dev build is still a bit shaky, saying: "it's early days, there are more features coming, and there's still plenty of stabilisation and performance work ahead of us".

Android O will give users greater control over notifications. They can even state the aspect ratio they want and also set custom interactions on the picture-in-picture window. Though we still do not know the name, more so the name of the dessert it will be named after, except its codename - "O". Are you excited to see this improvement come to Android?

Adaptive icons, meanwhile, are customisable icons that also have an animated angle to them. In addition to a new AAudio API for low-latency sound, Google has worked closely with its hardware partners, specifically Sony, to improve wireless audio handling via the Bluetooth LDAC codec.

According to Google, the new OS does not now have many features but more have been promised in the not-so-distant future.

The Android O Developer Preview includes an updated SDK which can be tested on the Android Emulator as well as on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices.

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