Android is the largest operating system used on smartphones and lately Google unveiled the first developer preview of Android O which is a major update for 2017. Currently the only supported devices for the preview are the last year’s Google Pixel phones and Nexus devices. Previous versions would automatically download and install, but in this case, users will have to download it manually. Here is a sneak peak of upcoming features on the Android O OS.
This is one of the best features in the OS as it produces an interactive interface and options on how users can customize their notification appearance. This feature will can help you organize your notifications into specific channels with respect to your choices. This will will let you ignore notifications from precise channels that you do not want. Moreso the background colors of the notifications and messaging are also customizable. Users can also set notifications to snooze at specific time limits.
Adaptive icons and Keyboard Navigation Control
Like we see in every Android OS update, Icons must be tweaked a bit to fit the OS user interface. With Android O it is not exceptional either as it brings a eye-catching cohesive look since it supports visual effects. They are more customizable as they can be displayed on various shapes of your choice. Android O also included support for better navigation with inclusion of arrows and tab keys as used in the normal physical keyboard.
Autofill Framework System
Not many people like logging in every now and then and that is where the autofill feature comes in handy. Users will now be able to opt-in into this feature and be able to access their apps very quickly without the need of filling password anymore. It is similar to most password manager apps but with more security and quick operation.
Wi-Fi Aware Feature
This is a new connectivity feature that allows devices near you and apps to discover each other and be able to communicate using Wi-Fi without having any internet access point. This is done through the help of a feature known as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN) which is also found under the Wi-Fi Aware settings. As for now less apps are being supported with this feature but we hope google plans to include more apps and devices in the list.
Picture-in Picture Feature Mode
This is a feature we have experienced before, mostly on Android TVs. Now Google decides to bring it on smaller devices like smartphones through Android O OS. It is widely used in video playback whereby, one can switch to different apps as the video keeps playing in the background. It is more of a multi-tasking feature that allows you to do two or three things at the same time without video interference.