Let me tell you that the first Android O (Android 8.0) Developer Preview Mode has already been launched, so here in this post I am going to tell you the following things related to Android O:
- Android O: What New Features Has Been Added
- When Android O will come out?
- What name will be given to Android O?
- Is Android O is available now for download?
- When I Will Get Android O For My Phone?
Developers registered with Google have now got the first version of the Android O, and while the OS is in its beta version, there’s much things to consider, including lots of new awesome features that is added.
So, what are those new Android O features?
Well, here find out the new cool features that have been added in Android O.
Android O: 8 New Cool Features and Changes Coming Soon
Feature No. #1: Picture-In-Picture Mode (PIP)
Since, smartphones screens getting bigger that allow more space to users to do more things…such as watch movies, play games, text messages, browse the web and more.
Now, with the introduction of Picture-In-Picture Mode feature in Android O, user can now do two things at one time – such as you can watch videos (Our YouTube Channel Promotion) as well as you can do chatting at one time.
However, developer will have several options at their hand such as they can play/pause, set aspect ratio and more.
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Feature No. #2: Adaptive Icons
With the launch of Pixel, Google has introduced the idea of rounded home screen icons. With the introduction of Adaptive Icons in Android O. Developers can make a single or unified app icon and the rest leave on the system.
When an app provides an Adaptive Icon, Android O will automatically design the shape and line-up it as per the system settings. From user, it means that once if you update the app with the Adaptive Icons, all apps of your home screen will take matching shapes.
“You can now create adaptive icons that the system displays in different shapes, based on a mask selected by the device,” said by Google.
Feature No. #3: Autofill Framework
This feature is already available in the Google Chrome. The chrome browser, automatically auto-fill the saved information such as username, address, debit/credit card numbers, when it identify the compatible fields.
The same Autofill Framework features is also coming in Android O, which will save your time with hassle of repeatedly entering the same information.
This feature will help you in allowing the apps to create and manage their own list of auto-fill data, and when it detects the compatible fields, the saved information will populate it into text. However, the user will still have the complete control over the saved information and the apps have to be updated before you can use this feature.
Nevertheless, with the addition of this feature, it is likely that password manager apps like LastPass will become more useful on Android that provides security.
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Feature No. #4: Background Limits
This feature is already seen in Android Nougat but Google is still continuing its efforts to improve this feature in order to increase battery life. This feature says that it automatically limit on what app is ideal and runs in the background in number of specific areas (location updates, background services, broadcasts, etc).
Find out what a post from Android Developers Blog reads “These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them,”
Feature No. #5: Notification Channels
This is absolutely one of the cool features that I like the most – Notification Channels. Google is grouping the notification into one channels – this will give user more control over the app notification categories.
Google in a blog says that “Users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the apps’ notifications together,”
It also offer user to snooze individual apps notifications. The snoozing can be set for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or for 1 hour.
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Feature No. #6: No More ‘Unknown Sources’ Setting
In all earlier OS versions of Android, we were able to enable “Unknown Sources” to install apps from unknown sources.
But in Android O, you will not be able to do so because this setting is removed. Now you will only able install apps (APKs) only from the trusted source.
For example – if you have downloaded the APK from Chrome, then while installing it on Android device, it will prompt you to review your “External Sources” settings. From the given list, you have to select Chrome and then you have to enable the option “Trust apps from this source“, only then you can install the external APK on your devices. Once you have done that, you will be able to sideload the APK you downloaded from the chrome. The same thing applies when installing APKs from 9Apps or from Amazon.
For this reason, it is better to install app from Play Store!
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Feature No. #7: Wi-Fi Aware
Wi-Fi Aware – A new feature has been added to Android O that has some security feature. When you try to connect the network over the Wi-Fi, then the devices running the new Android OS version will be able to find one another and thereby it creates a private network between them that can allows them to share data between themselves.
This is actually a very useful feature that will avoid you from getting connected with unprotected Hotspot that might be compromised.
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Feature No. #8: Fingerprint Scanner Gestures
Fingerprint Scanner feature is already shipped with new Google Pixel and Pixel XL that allow users to expand their notification tray by swiping down the notification bar down on the phone’s fingerprint scanner.
This feature has also been added to Nexus devices, but Google is introducing this fingerprint scanner gesture to the next level in Android O.
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When Android O Will Come Out – Release Date!
We do not have exact date when Android O will come out, but Google has promised to find out more features that could be added in Android O at Google I/O 2017, so we are expecting to learn more about this Android OS version.
From May 17-19, the Google’s developer conference will take place, which gives enough (almost one month) time for developer to give feedback on the current version of Android O.
So, we can expect the arrival of Android O after May 19, when Android O will exit developer preview mode and enter into public beta mode.
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What Name Will Be Given To Android O – Will It Be Called Android Oreo, Android Oatmeal Cookie or Android Orange?
Well, the Android O has not got any name yet? However, you might be keen to know what O in Android will be called as.
Last year in 2016, Google has invited public to suggest the name for Android N. Google got the several suggestions such as Android Nutella (too expensive) and Android New York Cheesecake (too long) that didn’t given the name to Android N and finally they got Nougat for N.
The same scenario looks to be taking place with Android O and the rumors has already been spread over the web. The O in Android O has already got three names and they are – Oreo, Orange and Oatmeal Cookie.
Is Android O is Available Now For Download?
Yes, you can download Android O, however the version is not the official beta, but it is likely to be released at I/O 2017 as mentioned above.
At present, you will only have access to the first developer preview and Google suggestions on how to install it on your Android devices, unless you are actually a developer.
Still want to download Android O and ant to see its features? Well, then get a supported phone or tablet and manually flash system image to your devices.
Important Note: Flashing system image to your device erase all data from your device, so make sure that you have backup and restore Android device first. But if you have not taken the backup, then you can use Android Data Recovery Software, to restore erased data from the Android phones/tablets
Do not have any idea on how to flash image? Well, it is then highly recommended that you must wait for beta version. But if you still want to install Android O and want to know how to flash image, then find out the step-by-step-guide here.
Android O Phones – When I Will Get Android O For My Phone?
As mentioned above that Android O is still in development mode, at present no phones is supported officially, but we do have list of phones that will first come with Android O.
In fact, you can download the Android O developer preview mode on these handsets. They are:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
These all handset is of Google own brand phones and hence they will first likely to get the access to the final build of Android O later in this year (2017).
So, these are the new features is going to be added in Android O. I hope you liked it and who will not like these feature – as it is added by Google. But since, it is in developer mode – expect more new features to be added.
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