Google Announces Android O Developer Preview

Google announces first developer preview of the next version of the OS: Android O. The developer preview system images are available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. Android Beta is not currently available for Android O.

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As per Google, The initial preview release is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use. Enrollments for Android O Beta will be open once the product is closer to the final release. The O Developer Preview runs from 21 March 2017 until the final Android O public release to AOSP and OEMs, Final release planned for Q3 2017.

Android O Developer Preview Highlights

  • Background limits – To improve battery life and the device performance
  • Notification channels – App-defined categories for notification
  • Autofill APIs – to store and secure user data, such as addresses, usernames, and passwords
  • Picture in Picture (PIP) – for phones and tablets
  • App overlay window – for launching an activity on a remote display
  • Font resources in XML
  • Adaptive icons – displays in different shapes, based on a mask selected by the device
  • Wide-gamut color for apps
  • High-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as the LDAC codec
  • Wi-Fi Aware – With the appropriate hardware nearby devices can discover and communicate over Wi-Fi without an Internet access point
  • Keyboard navigation – More reliable, predictable model for “arrow” and “tab” navigation
  • AAudio API for Pro Audio – High-performance, low-latency audio
  • WebView enhancements
  • Java 8 language APIs and Runtime optimizations
  • Pinning shortcuts and widgets
  • Accessibility – Language detection, Accessibility button, Fingerprint gestures, Word-level highlighting, Hint text, Continued gesture dispatch
  • Multi-display support
  • Partner platform contributions

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