Top 7 Features of Android O That Makes it Special

Top 7 Features of Android O That Makes it Special

Top 7 Features of Android O That Makes it Special: The First Android Version called as Android Alpha was released in September 2008 and today Android has released the new Android O for developers.

This is not a public Beta release but a developer preview so that they can test their Apps and fine tune the future updates considering the new changes in the Android O. You can read more about the all previous Android versions here.

Top 7 Features of Android O That Makes it Special

The new Android O release kind of surprised the Android Enthusiasts as it is released a bit early compared to normal schedule for Google.

You can also run this build if you are brave enough to test the half baked OS on your smartphone.

The new build can be tested on devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6p, Google Pixel , Pixel XL,  Nexus player and Pixel C.

You can manually download and flash the build from this link and if you wish to uninstall the preview build you can download the official Nougat Rom and manually flash the device again. Do it at your own risk J. Link to Download Android O.

Lets Now get to the 7 Best Features of Android O , by the way it could be called as Android Oreo (that’s the general consensus).

7 Best Features of Android O – Making it Special

Android O Features

1).  Battery Life

Google has added more restriction to what the Apps can do in the background and limiting the processes on broadcasts,  background services and location updates.

More background limit will ensure that the already present Doze mode and Android Nougat optimizations will further be able to enhance the battery life of the device in the Android O.

2).  Notification Control

There is also great amount of control on the notifications send by Apps. With the Android O Google wants to make your experience more disturbance free.

Google has introduced Notification channels which give users to manage the behavior of each channel rather than managing all of Apps notifications together.

Essentially means it will be easy for us to manage the notifications with the Android O.

3).  Better Sound On Bluetooth

This is the biggest one for the Audiophiles. As more and more people are planning to give up the wired life.

Apple has already done so with the Airpods. Android O is getting a superior sound transfer technology support using the Sony’s LDAC sound technology which allows hi resolution sound to be transmitted over a Bluetooth connection.

Developer-Options-Audio-Codec-Android-O

I have never been a fan of Bluetooth speakers  because of sound degradation when compared to similar wired speakers.

Probably this could force me to buy one of these new LDAC based Bluetooth speakers.

Sony says that compared to a normal SBS based process which uses 328 KBPS transmission rates the new LDAC technology uses 3X more data and transfers much high quality sound with no fidelity loss.

Love it. May be we can buy an airpod equivalent for the Android phones when this arrives.

4).  Picture in Picture Mode

There will be a picture in picture mode for watching videos say Youtube or Amazon Prime.

You can make the video tab smaller and can work on other apps simultaneously without a need for stopping the movie or the video which you are currently playing.

Could be quiet handy to revert to a message or check Whats App or order a uber cab.

5). Adaptive Icons & Inverted Pull Bar Settings

Making your Android UI more beautiful. Android comes with option for many themes and icon packs and sometimes when you install an App which has a different shaped icon compared to the theme you are using on your Android Phone, that makes it look odd.

Android-O-Pull-Bar-Settings

Android O is going to fix that and give the option to developer to make the icons adaptive.

So next time when you download an App the Icon exactly matches your round , Square or what ever shape icons you are using. On iOS all icons have same shape and symmetry.

6). Easy Autofill Support

Making Life Easy – Filling registration forms and account details can be a boring and tedious tasks.

Android O will make it simple by allowing Autofill API for the password manager and Auto fill Apps to use the information seamlessly and make it ridiculously easy to fill the details.

7). WIFI Aware and Multi Display Support

WIFI aware is not a new concept earlier was called as Neighbor Aware Networking (NAN) which help nearby devices communicate over the WIFI network without the need for internet connection.

Could be a feature that next generation of IOT devices can use along with the Android phones.

So these are some of the great features which are going to come to the Android O but it is not going to happen any sooner.

The Android O will get released to public in October along with the Pixel 2 smartphones and most likely you will be able to get it in 2018 around Feb or march 2018 if you are not on a Nexus or Pixel device.

8). Navigation Bar Additional Buttons – Bonus

In Android O, Navigation bar can be customized.  This feature is one of the coolest features in Android O. Navigation bar is the panel at the bottom of the display and has virtual buttons like Home, Back and Recent apps.

Android O Buttons

In Android O, you can add additional virtual buttons (maximum up to five) for new functions either left or right of three main buttons. No, you can’t replace the standard three virtual buttons.

Thanks for reading the Article – Top 7 Features of Android O That Makes it Special. 

Co- Author – Kanuj Sharma

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