Google publishing the first version for developers of which will be the next version of its famous mobile operating system. After several rumours it comes ‘Android O’, as it known so far. But few interesting news that gives us some clues as to what we will see later this year. Google releases first developer preview of Android O
It was just over a year ago when Google similarly released the first preview of then-known Android N. Now bit different from the new version of Android O has to download manually and install it on compatible devices.
This first preview of Android O is not available to users enrolled in the betas program, as mentioned earlier. So we will have to manually download the version through the Google website and install it on our device. So far, Android O is only compatible with Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C, and doing so will lose all the information on our device.
According to Google, the decision not to make this first version available to the public is for developers to have time to test their applications. And adapt them to the new operative so that the chaos we saw in Android N is not happening. The next few weeks Google claims that Android will be available to all through the betas program.
Before they are launched to install it. It should be mentioned that it is just a first glance where there are no significant changes or new features that come out of sight. This is because Google continues to work in the guts and not so much in the interface. Let’s see what brings us back Android O.
Android O will give the option of developers to integrate their applications with new channels that group each app by theme. Now users can manage what kind of notifications we want to receive and that fit our preferences. If we have a news application installed, it can be configured to receive only news of technology or politics.
Within these channels will also enter the applications of games, entertainment, and others that can be grouped into a single notification. For example, if we are in a meeting and only need to receive messages and emails.
The famous Picture-in-Picture mode comes to Android with native support. With this, we can watch videos in a small floating window on any screen, menu, or Android application O, something similar to what YouTube and Facebook do today.
A feature that is more focused on desktop experiences, where we have the option to connect several monitors something useful. For example Chrome OS, where we even have the option to control the operating system via remote from another screen.
Navigation via keyboard
Another feature that seeks developers to take advantage of the use of their applications in Chrome OS. Since many of the screens are not tactile. And this offers the option of navigating the applications through the arrows on the keyboard, by means of key combinations.
Restrictions on Background Applications
This is a good news since, in order to make the autonomy of our devices better. Android will limit the activity of applications in the background. With this new restriction, applications will be limited to a few tasks and will not have the freedom to take advantage of resources. Even when the user has not used the application in a long time.
Apparently, this is the only visual novelty of Android O, which seeks to unify the appearance of applications icons, where they would all be round in the style of Google Pixel. These icons would also be able to adapt to higher or lower resolution screens, and even enhance colours on monitors or larger screen.
And much more…
In addition to all this, there are improvements in WiFi, Bluetooth for audio, restrictions for phone calls, better support for typographic fonts, improved WebView, double the speed for Android Runtime, and new APIs for Java.
Like last year, we are expected to see improvements month by month. During the Google I / O 2017 we know more details about the final product, release date, and of course the name.