Android O Developer Preview 1 is already out as per Google’s annual installment of Android iteration. Nexus and Pixel device owners are waiting eagerly to get their hands on Android 8.0 (O) as soon as it’s released.
If you don’t know why we mentioned only Nexus and Pixel devices above then to make it clear, Nexus & Pixel are Google’s Flagship lineup of devices that get updates first than any other device in the market.
The reason why Google pushes update first for its devices than any other brand is because Google believes in keeping things simple *no offense meant*. Unlike any other vendor, Google powers its devices with pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) based firmware. This makes its device more smooth, snappier, and lighter so that you can taste the ultimate potential of your device.
Other companies like Samsung, Sony, and Xiaomi etc. highly skin the AOSP with custom themes, options, and mods that make these companies take a longer time to brew firmware for their devices.
Let’s move on to discuss everything we know so far about Google’s 2017’s OS, Android O.
Android O Name:
Now the most certain question on every Android user’s tongue is “What will Google name its Android 0 (8.0) operating system?” Well, to be honest, there’s no one in this world (other than Google) who can answer this question correctly. And Google will announce it near the end of this year.
So, all we can do is to assume. We’ve made a list of possible Android O names that Google can consider. The link is given below.
Those who don’t know about Google’s trend of naming its Android version read this carefully. Google names Android iterations after the name of sweet dishes. Interesting?
Android O Features:
Android O Developer Preview 1 introduced users with some new features that Android never had. This gave us an idea what new features Android O will have.
So, we have compiled a list of some of the most awaited features that Android O will have.
#1. Android O Notifications
Android O will have user-customisable notifications. Users can set channels and group notifications by type. In this way, users will be able to snooze notifications according to their types. Users can also adjust the background colors of notifications and the messaging style.
#2. Android O Background processes limit
In Android Nougat, Google introduced the ability to restrict certain app activities in the background. In Android O, we will see an improvement in background limitations according to priority for extended battery life without user-input.
#3. New Picture-in-Picture mode
Picture-in-picture mode, which is already a feature of Android TV, is coming to Android O.
#4. Adaptive apps icons
Android O will bring adaptive icons that support visual effects and can be displayed in various shapes and sizes on different devices.
#5. Enhanced Connectivity
Android O will allow apps and nearby devices to discover and communicate over Wi-Fi without internet access. Improved Bluetooth support will also be seen for high-quality audio through the Sony LDAC codec.
#6. Multi-display support
Android O will have this amazing feature that will make devices capable of supporting multiple displays, allowing the users to move an activity from one screen to the next.
#7. Better RAM management
Android O will provide a storage space quota for cached data to every app. When an app requires more memory to work properly, the system will automatically delete app data from RAM according to usage priority.
#8. Do more, copy less
Android O will make copying text from one app and pasting it within another app easy. It will give suggestions in the second app based on what you were doing in the previous app. Though it’s still unclear whether it will be a new feature of Gboard or hard coded into Android itself.
#9. Improved hand gestures
Android O will allow users to draw on screen letters to open the designated app. For example drawing letter C will open contacts. This feature is similar to what we’ve seen in OnePlus devices.
Android O Release Date:
Google surprised everyone in 2016 by releasing Android Nougat Developer Preview for the first time in advance of its Google I/O conference. In March 2017 Google has done the same again with Android O.
The final release of Android N came in August 2016 so the chances are we’ll see the company follow the same tradition in 2017 too.
So, what do think? Do you have any Android O name in mind that Google can consider? Also, is there any feature you want Google to put in Android O? Please share your views in the comments section below.