Android O is an upcoming release of the Android mobile operating system. Google released the first developer preview of Android O, available for a few Nexus and Pixel smartphones, on March 21, 2017. The first alpha-quality developer preview is not intended to be installed by the general population, but the developers. The company will release a total of four developer previews. The second Android O developer preview will come in May, the third in June, and the fourth in July. The final and official release of the Android O operating system is scheduled for fall 2017.
Android O Specifications
After Android 7.0 Nougat, Google is working on another amazing mobile operating system that is Android O. With the first developer preview, we have come across with some stirring stuff. It can be noteworthy for the developers and will also have a great impact on the way the apps work.
Power Managment and Notifications
The major focus of the OS is on power management and notifications. Android O will limit what apps and services can do in the background to save battery life. Next is Notification channels that will let you categorize the notifications your apps produce via a standard API. You will have more control on the types of notifications an app sends. Google has also introduced Notification badges for the apps. The home screen will contain app icons having number badges to indicate notifications.
With Android O, the user can get better ways to connect with others for things like social applications and head-to-head gaming. This mobile operation system also contains integrated support for picture-in-picture modes for videos. There is also a new windowing feature for apps so you can use native overlay window instead of a system alert. It also supports multi-display so you can roll on multiple activities on remote display.
A new API is also designed to deliver low-latency audio and AAudio API for Pro Audio. It is made easier for the user to choose a custom ringtone, alarm tone and notification sound that was not trouble-free before. Android O will support Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN) for Wi-Fi based on Wi-Fi Aware. It is also getting Autofill APIs that means the apps like LastPass will have a proper way to fill in stuff for you.
The Settings app has been redesigned adding a new white theme and deeply categorizing different settings. The user can exercise custom fonts and icons in a new way. The apps will have a wider range of colors and adaptive icons to be specified for differently shaped containers.
Which device can install Android O developer preview?
The Android O developer preview is available for the Pixel smartphone, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. However, it does not mean that Google will release Android O for all these Pixel and Nexus smartphone devices. For instance, the Nexus 5 was one of those smartphones getting the developer preview of Android 7.0 Nougat but it was not the part of the release. It requires a lot of work for licensing and software versioning. Just because the device can run the software does not mean that will see the official release as well.
Should you install Android O developer preview?
The best thing about Nexus and Pixel is that Google allows the easiest installation of the operating systems on these phones. You are free to install any version that is compatible with your device. However, we do not recommend you to install the Android O developer preview as it is not ready for the consumers in its current form.
There are 100% chances that the things will not work the way you need them to work. The tech giant has released the Android O developer preview for the developers and the testers. The developers will start developing new apps and the testers will find bugs. There is a very little support for issues and the things can go wrong.
If you still want to get your hands on the first alpha-quality developer preview or a second preview, click here. You can revert back to the stable release by reinstalling the operating system. The process is not difficult but you need a little computer knowledge and the ability to follow directions.