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Android O features have been made official

Android Nougat was officially released eight months ago, in August 2016, and we've been seeing a continuous rollout on Android flagships ever since. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Google has been working on the next Android 8.0 update. While we don't yet know what the O stands for yet, its features have been announced and the developer preview is available.

Android O Release Date and Developer Preview

Along with the announcement of its features, the Android O Developer Preview images were made available today, for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL. You can download them here.

While the official Android O release date is still unknown, as we've seen in the years before, we should get official confirmation and a glimpse into the first developer version of Android O at the Google I/O Developer conference between May 17 and 19 this year.

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Google posted the new release timeline on their developer site, which tells us that the final release of Android 8.0 is expected in Q3 2017.

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The release timeline / © Google

Android O Features

Most of the features and changes announced today were aimed at developers, so it's hard to know in a broader sense what the new version of Android will bring to the table in terms of user experience.

Here are some of the new features and what they'll bring:

Background limits: To protect user's battery life and performance, Google has put automatic limits on app's background activities. These background limits will specifically include implicit broadcasts, background services and location updates.

Notification channels: These are new categories for notifications that give users very detailed control over notifications - not just by app, but by channel or topic. These channels will be visually grouped together on the notification shade.

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Here is the Android O home, app drawer and keyboard screens. / © AndroidPIT

Autofill APIs: This allows users to choose a central, platform-wide autofill app, just like they can select a keyboard app. This will be important for both convenience and security.

Picture-in-picture: Apps will be able to put themselves into Picture-in-Picture mode, and there will be more robust windowing features. For example, apps will be able to do native overlay windows rather than using system alerts. There will also be multi-display support, so you can launch apps on a remote display.

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Here are the Android O quick settings. / © AndroidPIT

Adaptive icons: The system will display icons in different shapes and animate interactions with them from several screens. This should make the UI more beautiful from the launcher to the settings menu.

Connectivity: Audiophiles will be happy to hear that Android O will support high quality Bluetooth audio codecs like LDAC. Android O will likely get Bluetooth aptX support as well, but this was not explicitly stated. Wi-Fi Aware will allow nearby devices to recognize each other without internet access. Spps will also be able to display their information (like calls) on different UIs (like car head units).

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Here are some of the Android O settings. / © AndroidPIT

Keyboard navigation: "Arrow" and "tab" navigation has been improved, since Google Play apps on Chrome OS make using keyboard navigation more prevalent. This will be a welcome update for those using a keyboard as their input device.

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Here are more Android O settings. / © AndroidPIT

We will keep you updated on what we find in the developer preview, so check back soon. What features would you like to see in the next Android version? Will you be flashing the developer preview?

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  • Agree security is the main thing when updating.

  • Another new operating system---most phones haven't got the last one, and a lot that should, won't ??

  • some good steps towards stability and battery

  • Is it true that this year Andromeda is coming, which will integrate Chrome OS and Android OS. And it will give seamless integration between 📱 phone and laptop /pc 💻. I think it will be great idea as windows OS has shown its age. And we are getting use to Android more and more.

  • I really hope they make great strides in the battery department to have some better standby times. Also they should add some video playback to the pip.

  • I think it will almost certainly be Oreo.

  • I think that with all the updates that have not been fully received. who needs another. especially when all the updates there's only one of two major improvements. I'm really tired of all the updates so if I get one I'm not going to install it.

  • storm 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    KitKat is an international brand. Oreo is not. It will be something with broad usage across the English speaking globe but I don't know any good candidates

  • Some people are looking forward with another version of android while the recently released Nougat have not been experienced yet by most android users maybe due to problem with updates with their distributors.

    • Georg Seebode
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      but thats always the case isnt it? Nougat distribution isnt even at 3% yet :D
      Doesnt mean that we cant get excited about upcoming android features - even if its going to take another 2 years before they reach our phones

  • storm 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I don't see Google taking on another trademarked name such as Oreo for the release. Too much hassle.

    • Georg Seebode
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      wasnt that much hassle when they did it with Nestle right? What do you think it will be called then?

      • Oreo does have the downside of racial connotations , ( black on the outside, white on the inside) that is used in the black community between each other.
        I hope the individuals tasked with naming the next platform are aware of this, before it comes back to bite Google. Personally i couldn't care less what they call it, however, with the oversensitive culture that has risen over the last few years , once they know it ,i can see a meltdown coming.

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