Android O Preview drops for developers, offers better battery life and notifications

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Elsewhere, Google has also promised tweaks to picture-in-picture mode for video calls and changes to keyboard navigation.

The Android O Developer Preview, which is "strictly" not intended for daily or consumer use, is available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. After releasing Android Nougat in June past year, tech giant Google is gearing up to launch an upgraded version of Android- Android O.

Background Limits. Android O introduces more background limits in order to improve battery life and performance.

As of the first Android O preview, you can slide a notification just a touch to either side to find a new clock icon - the same icon, in fact, you see for snoozing an item in Inbox.

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Improving the battery life is one of the biggest and most welcomed features of Android O. Similar to iOS, Android O will limit and manage what apps do in the background while multiple apps are open. But what happens if a user doesn't own any of these devices?

This enables developers to provide users with control over different kinds of notifications, allowing them to change the behaviour of each channel individually, as opposed to managing all the apps notifications together.

Google's upcoming OS named Android O is out to developers for testing, and the company hopes it addresses the issues that users faced in earlier versions. The notifications panel will see some changes as well.

Google, in partnership with Sony, has substantially elevated audio quality over Bluetooth with Android O. It now supports Sony's LDAC wireless audio coding tech which, in layman's terms, means the music transmitted to compatible Bluetooth devices will be much closer to its original quality.

Good news if you use a keyboard with an Android tablet: Android O gives better support for developers to make navigation and shortcuts easier to use via a physical keyboard. The feature was already available for Android TV and now it will be a part of the smartphones running Android O as well. Let's go over some key features that are going to be included in Android 8.0 O.

AAudio API for Pro Audio: AAudio is a new native API that's designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio.

With the Google Pixel, Google introduced the Pixel launcher which brought with it a new deign language centred around circular icons. Users will be able to fix what type of notifications they want from each software application from within the OS's main notification settings pane. With many people still awaiting the arrival of Nougat, Android O is scheduled to arrive some time in Q3 2017, but it will be limited to new devices to start with. Unfortunately, there is only one new stock wallpaper in this version of Android O, but it's still a cool one.

Custom Android skins often come with their proprietary app icon design. By supporting new connectivity features, of course. Google's Android Developers blog has a more detailed rundown here.

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