Android O is coming and just like last year, we have got the Developer Preview of the next Android OS today. Yes, the Android O Developer Preview is finally here to download officially and if you own any of the eligible devices, you can download it and experience some of the changes made in Android O. Still, Google hasn’t revealed the name that Android O is going to get but hopefully, Oreo it will be. But, what is now confirmed includes all the new features being added to Android O. Let’s talk about them and after that, we will be sharing the steps to download and install the latest Android O Developer Preview on the eligible devices.
ANDROID O – WHAT’S NEW?
Well, we have already shared the rumored features of the Android 8.0 and on the official Android Developers blog, the features are explained by Google. Here are some of the new Android O Features –
Android O introduces notification channels that allow you to create a user-customizable channel for each type of notification you want to display. The user interface refers to notification channels as notification categories. A new Snooze feature has been added using which, users can snooze notifications to reappear at a later time. Notifications reappear with the same level of importance they first appeared with. Apps can remove or update a snoozed notification, but updating a snoozed notification does not cause it to reappear. Users can set their own background colors for notifications from particular apps.
PICTURE-IN-PICTURE MODE –
Android O allows activities to launch in picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. PIP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. PIP mode is already available for Android TV; Android O makes the feature available on other Android devices.
Android O introduces adaptive launcher icons. Adaptive icons support visual effects, and can display a variety of shapes across different device models.
AUTO FILL –
Users can save time filling out forms by using autofill in their devices. Android O makes filling forms, such as account and credit card forms, easier with the introduction of the Autofill Framework. The Autofill Framework manages the communication between the app and an autofill service.
HOW TO INSTALL ANDROID O DEVELOPER PREVIEW AND WHAT DEVICES ARE ELIGIBLE
First of all, these are the eligible devices –
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus Player
- Pixel C
- Pixel XL
If you own any of these, then head to the official Android Developers blog and download the Android O Developer Preview System Image from the links that are given. Then, you just need to manually flash the image.
NOTE – Flashing a system image removes all data from the target device. Back up your data before flashing.
So, are you going to try the Android O Developer Preview? Do let us know via the comments section.
VIA – ANDROID DEVELOPER BLOG