Thursday, 8 June 2017

"Android O" - Ready to Boom the Android World


 



Android O is the codename of an upcoming release of Android mobile operating system. It was first released as an alpha quality developer preview on March 21, 2017. Second developed preview was released on May 17, 2017 and it is considered best quality.

ANDROID O RELEASE SCHEDULE


 Android O release will ultimately become Android 8.0. Google has already shared a timeline for the rollout of each preview build with the second developer preview arriving during Google I/O as expected, with the third due in mid-June and the fourth in mid-July. The public version of Android 8.0 will be out for supported pixel, nexus and Android One devices sometime in Q3, most likely in late August or early September.

ANDROID O NAME: WHAT WILL ANDROID O BE CALLED?

Right now, we haven’t the foggiest, but we do know one thing- it’s highly likely you’ll be able to have your say.
In 2016, with Android Nougat, Google invited the public to suggest names for what was then known simply as Android N-although note that popular candidates such as Android Nutella (too expensive?) and Android New York(too long?) didn’t end up seeing the light of day.


A similar scenario seems likely for Android O, with lots of interwebbers already vocal in their support for Android Oreo.  

ANDROID O DOWNLOAD: HOW TO INSTALL THE BETA TODAY

The first official beta for Android O is now available, with Google sending its Android O Beta program page live shortly after the I/O 2017 keynote.
Installing it is a dawdle, though it’s till worth noting that this is an early-stage release and the software will be still be extremely buggy.
Also, only a handful of Google-made devices are eligible for the beta. They are the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C.
If you like playing with Google’s latest and greatest features, though, here’s what to do:
·       Before you download Android O, back up all of your data, as installing the beta could wipe your phone.
·       Go to Google’s Android O Beta Program page by followingwww.google.com/android/beta.
·       If you have a Google account, sign in; If you have an eligible device and, if so, prompt you to install the beta. Ensure you’ve got a good Wi-Fi connection and follow Google’s prompts to proceed.
·       That’s it. Future beta updates will arrive OTA. If you’re having problems, check your Wi-Fi connection.

ANDROID O PHONES: WHEN WILL MY PHONE GETS ANDROID O?

Since Android O is still in development, no phones officially support it, but we do have an idea of the devices it will come to first.
In fact, they’re the same handsets to which you can download the Android O developer preview.
They are:
·       Nexus 5X
·       Nexus 6P
·       Google Pixel
·       Google Pixel XL
Notice a theme? Yep, they are all Google own-brand devices, and they’re likely to be first to get access to the final build of Android O later this year.
It follows that the first handset to ship with Android O will certainly be the Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone, which we’re expecting to see launch in autumn.

NEW FEATURES ADDED TO ANDROID O:


PICTURE IN PICTURE (PiP) MODE



As it is already seen on iPad and some bespoke third-party launchers for Android, this would natively allow you to have one supported app remain lay on top of another separate app.
This is a minor feature, but one that makes multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and more of a relaxed experience. Unfortunately, while settings for PiP do appear in the first developer preview, the feature doesn’t seem to be working as intended just yet.

NOTIFICATION DOTS



Many custom launcher users already know the power of a notification icon on top of an app icon on your Homescreen.
We even used taskbar to build our once, but now Google is building it into Android.
Android O users will see a small dot that appears over top of their app icons; new tools are available – Long press the app icon with notification dot to get a short list of immediate shortlink actions you can perform. This includes viewing the notification itself right there in a tiny pop-up window.
The long-press functionally is not yet available in Android O, watch for it coming soon in future beta release.

AUTO-FILL



For your most used apps on your devices, Android O will help quickly log into services. The auto-service feature needs to be coded in by app devs, but once installed, Android O will remember your usernames, and in some cases your password, to quickly and easily jump into apps on your device.

APP BADGES



Android O finally adds native supports for App badges. They are the little number bubble that shows up on an app icon to show you your unread notification count and are yet another custom launcher feature being absorbed into stock Android. Of course, you’ll have complete control over these at the flick of a toggle in the individual app notification settings.

AUTOFILL APIs

Platform support for autofill means better security and a powerful way for an application to store repetitive information.
With the new Autofill API, a user will be able to choose a source for autofill data, and applications that need to store and retrieve this sort of data no longer will need to act as an Accessibility service. An app could also be built that acts as a global storage for autofill data without being associated with any one particular program.

CONNECTIVITY

Android o brings some changes to the way our devices communicate with other devices. Welcome changes include:
·       High-quality Bluetooth audio through the Sony LDAC Codec. Your favorite songs will sound even better through Bluetooth connections.
·       NAN (Neighborhood Aware Networking) connectivity using the Wi-Fi Aware specification. Devices with supported hardware can communicate with each other using Wi-Fi without a central access point.
·       Telecom framework introduces new ways for third party calling apps to work with each other and with your carrier’s special features. New APIs now support apps that don’t need to use the universal system phone app to display calling information and this data can be displayed and controlled over Bluetooth.

AAUDIO API FOR PRO AUDIO



The new aaudio API was built for applications that need a high-performance and low-tendency audio path. Audio data can be read and written via normal streams and the AAudio API handles the routing and latency.
The first versions of the AAudio APIs are not yet complete but are a great way for developers who need these features to provide feedback. We want the people building an equivalent of garageband for Android to have some say in how the new features work!

WIDE COLOUR GAMUT IN IMAGING APPS



The makers of imaging apps can now make better use of the delicious new displays built by manufacturers; particularly those handsets with panels supporting a wide gamut colour.
“To display wide gamut images, apps will need to enable a flag in their manifest (Adobe RGB, Pro photo RGB, DCI-P3, and so on)”. Google advises developers.

ADAPTIVE ICONS



Google is adding a feature that will enable developers to use different-shaped app icons depending on the manufacturer’s preference.
What’s more, during its initial dive into the preview, Android police spotted that appicons now support badge notifications in Android O.

NEW EMOJI



Android O is introducing a dramatic overhaul to Emoji­­­­­­­­-for better or for worse. Gone are the iconic gumdrop blobs, replaced by quasi-circular emoji that are closer to the graphics used by other platforms.

BLUETOOTH 5 SUPPORT



Android O brings full support for the Bluetooth 5.0 spec. keep in mind, this is just on the software end, and both your smartphone/tablet and your paired device will need the proper hardware for Bluetooth 5 to work(Galaxy S8 is currently the only phone with Bluetooth 5).
Still, if all those pre-requisites are met, there are plenty of benefits, including twice the transfer speed and four times the range of its predecessor. Perhaps the most practical advantage, however, is the ability to connect two pairs of headphones at once for listening to music with friends. It’s about time.

TURN ON WI-FI AUTOMATICALLY WHEN YOU GET HOME



One of my favorite little announcements from Google I/O was the ability for Android O to turn Wi-Fi on automatically when you arrive to trusted locations.


If you tend to turn Wi-Fi off when you’re out and about to conserve battery, this will make your life a lot easier. It’ll also save you precious data should you forget to turn it back on when you get home.

MORE TO COME

We’re probably hear lots more about Android O and its upcoming beta program in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!!

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