Android O Developer Preview now available for download

Posted March 22, 2017

"The usual caveats apply: it's early days, there are more features coming, and there's still plenty of stabilization and performance work ahead of us". If it works well in the final release, this is one of those features that could be big for supported devices.

Google is hoping its newest version of Android is sweeter than the last.

Additionally, Android 8.0 Oreo is rumored to come with active notifications such as e-mail or chat apps.

This means that each notification would simultaneously carry the icon pertaining to the particular app, and users could quickly see how many notifications they have over a particular app just by looking at the main screen.

In keeping with the new release schedule it established past year with N, today Google has made Android O official.

Developers will have several tools at their disposal; setting custom interactions (play/pause), specifying aspect ratio, and more will all be available for developers to toy with. With the new notifications channel feature, you can group your notifications to sort out the news in category wise such as tech, lifestyle, etc.

Dynamic icons that change are another of the features that have been mentioned in the report; And it is something that can now be found in the Pixel Launcher for Google Pixel smartphones.

Google has an obsession with big smartphone models and fish-based smartphone codenames.

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Adaptive icons that can change shapes depending on the device (circle vs squircle, for instance), and even support visual effects for Android animations. You wouldn't have to switch to an account manager to just long into an app. Developers do need to add support for the API, so there's nothing live on Android to test this so far. This is a great feature, especially when using the smartphone one handed.

The OS will limit background app activity in three specific areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.

Google claims once these limits are applied, apps will have minimal impact on a device's battery.

This sounds similar to a rumored feature called Copy Less, which we learned about in a report from VentureBeat.

In Google's example, notification channels will bundle all technology-related news notifications. You can also test the launcher separately by side-loading the Google-signed APK from APKMirror.

The first developer preview will be available to registered users on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices.

Google offers instructions on how to install the developer preview on its developer website.