With very few popular dessert names starting with the alphabet O, the next Android version—Android O or Android version 8.0 may be called Oatmeal Cookie. Several Android developers noted at the recent Google I/O 2017 conference that Google has used this name in source codes of Android 8.0. Google had already introduced the developer preview of the next Android operating system.
Here are the improvements that Google is bringing to its users in the next Android upgrade.
Background Limits: Android O will continue the work done in Android Nougat to improve the battery performance of the Android devices. Android O will come with additional limits on apps, targeting three crucial aspects: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. The apps created with these changes in place will put minimal stress on user device’s battery performance.
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Notification Channels: Android O brings notification channels which will allow users to have a better control over the channels through which an app notification appears. Users will now be able to change the way each of these channels act. This also includes grouping and new visuals added to notifications for the user’s ease while viewing the notifications.
Autofill API Support: Google has now added a platform support for autofill in its latest Android O, meaning, users can store their information such as passwords, addressees or names in an Autofill app. This will make it easier to use the stored information across the Android ecosystem.
PIP for handsets: Android O will come with a Picture in Picture mode, wherein users will be able to continue watching a video while replying to a chat message or booking a ride.
Font resources in XML: Google has branded Fonts as a fully supported resource type in the new Android O. This will allow apps to use fonts in XML layout and define font families in XML.
Wide-gamut color for apps: Imaging apps of Android can now use devices that support a wide-gamut colour display.
Connectivity: Android O will come with enhanced connectivity options like the LDAC codec for high-quality Bluetooth audio. It will also incorporate Wi-Fi Aware, a Wi-Fi feature which will allow nearby devices to communicate through Wi-Fi without an internet access.
Keyboard Navigation: In Android O, Google has come up with a ‘arrow’ and ‘tab’ navigation for a more reliable and predictable model. The arrival of Google Play apps on Chrome OS initiated this change.
AAudio API: This new API has been designed especially for the apps that need high-performance audio on a low-latency. This will be done by reading/ writing datda through streams.
WebView enhancements: Google has added an API that lets apps handle errors and crashes for better security and app stability.