Android has released Preview 1 for Android 8.x – or O as its being called and Oreo as many hope it will end up.
The Developer Preview 1 is for registered developers who happen to have a sacrificial device — a Pixel or recent Nexus 5X/6P lying around.
The preview program is to ensure that developers and hardware makers are ready. It also outlines the timeline with a total of four previews and a projected Q3, 2017 release.
So, what goodies are coming in Android O?
O will have less background polling and updating for better battery life to stop battery sucking apps.
The Developers conference was told, “Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user’s battery life and the device’s interactive performance. To make this possible, we’ve put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. 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.”
Google also released its Android Security 2016 Year in Review and reading between the lines it is likely that you won’t be able to avoid some form of biometric or secure login, everything will be encrypted and security updates sent directly from Google will be mandatory.
- There is a new snooze function for notifications.
- Notification channels (grouping or individual channels).
- Improved autofill APIs for forms and passwords.
- Picture in Picture and a new app overlay window.
- XML fonts support.
- Improved multi-window app management.
- A new tighter system menu.
- Wider colour gamut support.
- High-performance, low latency audio, and aptX support.
- More adaptive live icons to show status.
- Better, native file manager.
- System UI Tuner tweaks including the navigation bar.
- A laptop mode to support…