9 reasons why Android O is cool|
Google recently announced the release of the first developer preview of its next Android version, Android O. With not many details on its name or the dessert it will be named after, Google’s Android O brings fewer new features and instead builds up more on earlier features.
Let’s take a look at some of the best features present in the Android O developer preview
1. Improved battery life
With Android O, Google has introduced Background limits which will essentially limit background apps from using a lot of processes. This is achieved by tweaking implicit broadcasts, background services and location updates on a device running Android O.
So, for example, you have Pokemon Go running in the background and are going through your Facebook feed, Android O will limit the location updates associated with Pokemon Go. This in turn will give your smartphone more juice to run through the day.
2. Group notifications
Android O brings Notification Channels as a way to manage notifications from the same app. Notifications from a single app will be grouped under Notification Channels and developers will be able to create separate notifications for different functions in the app.
Android O will allow users to snooze notifications for 15, 30 or 60 minutes right from the lockscreen. Say you get a message from your mom but you’re too busy to text her back. You can just snooze the notification to pop-up after some time.
4. Shortcuts on Lockscreen
With Android O, users will be able to change lockscreen shortcuts. The default shortcuts are the microphone and camera icons which launch Google Assistant and the rear camera. Users will be able to change it to practically any shortcut, be it launching the dialer or messages or even the front-facing camera.
5.Picture in Picture
Google has finally brought native picture in picture support with Android O. Picture in picture will enable users to watch videos in the foreground while working on another app. So, now you can reply to your friend in the midst of watching a favourite show.
Android O will utilise Autofill APIs on the platform which will allow user to select a default autofill app or password manager app across the device. Think, choosing a default keyboard app for typing.
7.HiFi wireless audio
Android O brings in support for HiFi audio streaming over Bluetooth with LDAC. Additionally, Wi-Fi aware has been included which allows apps and devices running Android O connect with each other without Internet.
8. Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Android O also brings in better navigation support for devs and WebView in apps. This would be useful in case you use a physical keyboard on an Android Tablet or Chromebooks for that matter.
9. Adaptive icons
With Android O, Google will allow developers to create adaptive icons that ensure consistency across all UI’s from different smartphone companies.