Google Details Android O Release Timeline

Yolanda Curtis
March 21, 2017

There will also be June and August previews available for the official Android software releases during the third quarter. Naturally, given this is just the first preview, it is pretty barebones, but still very exciting. In other words, unless you are a developer with a true need to test Android O, this should be avoided entirely.

Moving a step ahead from Nougat, Google has given a quick peek into the next iteration of Android - Android O. Giving an early look at what is to come in coming months, the search giant showcased the developer preview of the next OS, along with its new API, design changes, and some really cool features. Essentially, it's a tweaked multi-window experience specifically for video-focused applications.

According to 9to5Google's sources, Android O will be a "substantial update" that will bring over a bunch of new features. Sound sorta confusing? Don't worry, it's not.

New "notification channels" will allow apps to bundle together multiple alerts into a package that users can browse easily. For example, technology-related notifications from a given app can be easily disabled while its news-related notifications continue to appear in the notification shade.

While the news has spread from Orrin Hancock, one of Google's Community Manager, the first users enrolled in the Android testing program have already detected some of the changes implemented in Android 7.1.2 Beta 2.

Notifications are getting a revamp in Android O. "Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them", the blog post reads. Picture-in-picture Google is extending Android's split-screen multitasking capabilities introduced a year ago with a new picture-in-picture display mode. In a world where people obsess over making sure their app icons match and line up, Android O will make it a little easier to obtain a neat home screen. Google is putting more automatic limits on what apps can do in the background when it comes to implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.

That said, Google will have its upcoming Android previewed during the Google I/O conference that's scheduled to take place in May. These apps will be able to store data like your email address and phone number and automatically add it to form fields in other apps. Think of it like Chrome's autofill, but for your entire smartphone. Rumor also has it that we should expect major improvements in this domain. NAN establishes a connection between apps and devices without an internet access point in between. "We're working with our hardware partners to bring WiFi Aware technology to devices as soon as possible". Notification channels will allow you to control what an app sends you right from the notification shade. This means your vehicle head unit's call and reject buttons will work with third-party apps (think VoIP) too. Or will you be reserving judgement until Google I/O?

Don't be in too much of a hurry to rush out and install this on your device.

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