Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Android O's first developer preview now available to download

Android O's first developer preview now available to download

For the time being, it's not clear what Google will end up naming Android O - although the rumor mill does seem to be leaning towards Oreo.

Now what the "O" stands for is still anyone's guess, and as for the version number, we can only assume it will be Android 8.0, at least for now but we'll keep our eyes peeled anyway. Google says that these tweaks should make it so that apps "have minimal impact on a user's device and battery". Like a year ago, though, the new features are mostly behind-the-scenes and less for the users.

You can download the developer preview by going through the link below the article.

It is predicted that the new Android O operating system will be launched during the launch of the Pixel 2 which will be unveiled during the latter part of the year 2017.

Google did not mention any changes made to the new iteration OS but claims that it won't feature any significant updates when compared to Android Nougat. Google also brings in Adaptive icons that will make sure that a consistency across all OEM devices is maintained.

Google, yet again, is betting big on improving the battery life of the phones. You wouldn't have to switch to an account manager to just long into an app.

The new OS is bringing in some other new features as well such as the Multi-display support, Keyboard navigation, advanced Wi-Fi functions, etc. The preview includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with system images for the Pixel C, Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus Player, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and the official Android Emulator.

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This enables developers to provide users with control over different kinds of notifications, allowing them to change the behaviour of each channel individually, as opposed to managing all the apps notifications together. Check out the documentation on background execution limits and background location limits for details. The OS is now available for download but more features are on its way and lots of work to be done in terms of stabilization and performance, as it is still in the early stage.

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