Android O Developer Preview released with a focus on battery life

by Lawrence Cooper April 5, 2017, 1:01
Android O Developer Preview released with a focus on battery life

However, if you want to test out the beta OS releases for all these devices, you can sign up anytime in the Android Beta Program.

Trying to keep up with the update schedule that Google established previous year with the Android N update, Google made their Android O official.

Now what the "O" stands for is still anyone's guess, and as for the version number, we can only assume it will be Android 8.0, at least for now but we'll keep our eyes peeled anyway.

Background limits: To help users conserve battery life, Android can now limit how they function in the background. You can download Android O Developer Preview system images via the first source link below, while release notes (including a lengthy list of bugs and issues) can be found at the second source link.

Google has announced the first developer preview of Android O, which the company promises will deliver "new power and performance optimizations and many new ways to extend your apps".

"For example, you might setup separate notification channels for each conversation group created by a user in a messaging app", Google's developer guide reads. It's not surprising that the next major release of Android will be "O" since Google follows the alphabet for its Android updates, but today's news is significant because Google also revealed some details of Android O.

Battery life is of prime concern to not only the users but also to the developers.

Google is making autofill easier by adding platform support for such apps. Developers will also be able to set background colors for critical notifications such as alarms or driving directions.

If you've only just gotten used to the taste of Nougat, Google has another variety of Android ready for you to sample. What we do know so far makes the update sound nice, though. The preview is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player.

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.

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