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Google today released Android O in a developer preview.

Surprise! Android O is official!

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.

Better battery life. New limits on background tasks -in implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates, specifically-should help improve battery life yet again, Google says. For now, no betas or OTA images are available, which means users will have to flash the developer preview onto their devices.

There aren't a ton of new user-facing features that've been announced for Android O yet, but that's because it's still in an early developer preview.

Android O also includes new visuals and grouping to notifications to make it easier for users to see what is going on when incoming messages appear. So to improve battery life, Google is limiting apps' ability to perform tasks when they are not in use. Notifications on this version provide fine-grain control on what you receive from the source under app-defined categories, allow developers to customize the background color and better snoozing options. Software navigation button are now all-white, colour scheme has been changed to gray/blue and the Google Now Launcher is now replaced with the Pixel Launcher.

Picture in Picture (PiP) support is another big feature in Android O, coming years after third-party apps allowed you to do the same.

The picture-in-picture feature of Android O enables the users to minimize whatever video they are watching if they have some other works do to.

Android 8 is reported to deliver an array of awesome features that are expected to add more productivity to the open-ended OS. For instance, apps can have their calls displayed and controlled in auto head units. The eligible devices are the Nexus 5X, 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL (the Nexus 6 and 9 obviously are end-of-lifed, and won't get O). "Background limits" is a new feature in O and it looks to accomplish for your battery what Data Saver did for your wireless plan bill.

Adaptive icons, meanwhile, are customisable icons that also have an animated angle to them. Let is know in the comments section below.

  • Patricia Jimenez