Oooo, new Android codenamed O

Google promising better battery life and notifications

Android O stock wallpaper

Google publicly released the first Developer Preview for Android O, well ahead of its presumed consumer release in the fall.

Developers will be able to test Android O in a desktop emulator or on one of the following devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C. If you want to try it, you will have to manually download and flash it yourself, rather than sign up for an over-the-air update.

For O, Google is continuing its trend toward aggressively managing what apps can do in the background to ensure that runaway processes don’t destroy your battery. As Android VP of engineering, Dave Burke, puts it: “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.”

For O, the big change is that apps can “group” their notifications into categories called “channels.”

Google is aiming to improve sound quality with wireless headphones with “high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs,” as well as Sony’s LDAC codec.

Few more additions:

-A genuine picture-in-picture mode for videos
-A new pop-up window that apps can use instead of the system alert window
-“Multi-display support for launching an activity on a remote display,” which could refer to something like a PowerPoint      presentation mode or a Continuum-style Android-on-the-desktop mode.
New ways to support keyboard navigation, including especially arrow and tab button navigation

 

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