Five new features from Android O that we're excited about

Five new features from Android O that we're excited about

While Google is good about keeping its Nexus and Pixel phones up-to-date on security patches, not all other device makers are, so hopefully Google's streamlining of the security update process will help other manufacturers increase their security update releases. Ex: Users can decide how news based notifications will be displayed or how text alerts are displayed. The picture-on-picture mode that Google has planned would be bringing the multitasking aspect of most Android devices to the fore. It would allow users to define what notifications they'd receive in a channel.

The update is seeding to all eligible devices that have signed up for the Android Beta program, but if you are looking to manually update to this latest build, you'll have to wait until the system image page gets updated. For instance, some Android devices display the current time on the app badge itself.

For now, Android O can only be installed on Nexus and Pixel devices, but further down the line this will change.

Google is also adding something called 'Notification Channels'.

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As it's a developers preview, normal users will not be able to test the new Android OS out but developers can begin trying it out right now. It appears that this launcher is a different package (com.google.android.apps.pixelclauncher versus com.google.android.apps.nexuslauncher) than the one present on the Pixel or Pixel XL. The global tech giant has suddenly dropped the Android O into the market, but now, it is available only for developers. "The company in its blog said that it is "focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for "arrow" and "tab" navigation" for users".

Phone displays keep getting better and better.

Apart from audio, the update will also give a boost to the visual aspect as well, the update will bring with it wide color gamut (WCG) support. Picture-in-Picture, for example, is really coming and not just to tablets but also to smartphones.

Last Tuesday, Google finally released a developer preview of their next mobile operating system, now known only as Android O. Much to the surprise of many tech analysts, Google was able to integrate two of the most important features needed by every mobile device - extending battery life and faster updates.

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