ANDROID O & ITs Features will bring more ease.

    Redesigned Settings

      • At first glance, there aren’t major design changes that you’ll notice. The Android O UI is quite similar to Android Nougat but there are a few tweaks that enhance the overall look of the OS. The settings menu and the notification bar are where major differences are visible. The first thing we noticed in Android O is that a lot of the settings are rearranged.

      • Android Nougat (Left), Android O (Right)

        You no longer have Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth settings along with Network settings. They are separated, and similar functions are clubbed together. You see Network & Internet as the first option which comprises of all options relating to Wi-Fi and the Mobile Network. Bluetooth, NFC, and Cast have been combined under Connected Devices. We like these changes as it clubs related settings together instead of following the older arrangement.

      • Android O battery consumption by apps is also more detailed in comparison to Android Nougat. The battery graph is still present and now clubs battery consumption based on Apps, System, Services etc. But it does not offer the option to dive in and check specifics. It is evident that the battery reporting has been tweaked for regular users, and still has stats for nerds.

        Google has finally added a data toggle which makes it easier to toggle data on and off. Other manufacturer have already implemented this in their UI. The animation for sliding down notifications have been improved and it looks better in comparison to the card style animation on Android Nougat.

        Android O allows video and chat apps to play picture in picture when minimised. Currently chat apps support the functionality in Android Nougat, and video apps like Youtube , and Netflix will start supporting it from Android O. Sadly, the functionality doesn’t work in this version of the Android O Beta. Apps that support this go into PIP mode when you press the home button. The floating window can then be pulled to the bottom of the screen to close the app.

      • User ExperienceWhile we couldn’t find any apps that supported this function on Android O Beta, we think this will be quite helpful for phones like the Samsung

      •  Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the LG G6 which are longer thanks to their 18:9 aspect ratios, putting the notification bar further from your finger.

    AutoFill with Google

      • We did find this working on the Android O Beta and was super convenient to sign in all our apps without typing in the credentials. The OS detects that the app is requesting a login and searches the password manager of the Google account. It prompts the credentials if a suitable match is found. If a password isn’t saved with Google, you’ll have to type it out manually. Google does prompt you to save the password at the end for further use. You do have an option to decline. We would have liked if Google authenticated the user before autofilling the password.

        • Notifications
        • Autofill framework
        • Picture-in-Picture mode
        • Emoji compatibility
        • Downloadable Fonts
        • Fonts in XML
        • Autosizing TextView
        • Adaptive icons
        • Color management
        • WebView APIs
        • Pinning shortcuts and widgets
        • Maximum screen aspect ratio
        • Multi-display support
        • Unified layout margins and padding
        • Pointer capture
        • App categories
        • Android TV launcher
        • AnimatorSet

    Smart Text Selection

      • We had already used this feature in the developer preview before the public beta launch. This feature simplifies actions that require copy pasting. For example, if you have a contact number in a mail, the standard process would be to select the number, copy it, open the dialer and paste it to initiate a call. Android O simplifies this to a large extent. Simply select the number, and Google gives you the option to call the number from the dialer. This functionality is not just limited to numbers, but is also possible with addresses, and email IDs.

    Other features

      • Another cool Android O feature we found is that you can snooze notifications. You have the option to snooze notifications from a particular app for a predefined amount of time. So now you won’t have to put the phone on silent just for one app. You can simply snooze that app for 15 mins or an hours and get other notifications as usual.

        Google also mentioned notification channels, which let you fine-tune notifications, at I/O. For example you can make the phone ring when you gain a follower on Instagram, yet keep it silent when you get a like on your recent photo. These kinds of tweaks are possible, but the app developers have to enable the functionality. We could tweak a few notifications for the Google app though.

      • Official Features Below of Android O are listed below:

      • System
        • New StrictMode detectors
        • Cached data
        • Content provider paging
        • Content refresh requests
        • JobScheduler improvements
        • Custom data store
        • findViewById() signature change
      • Media enhancements
        • VolumeShaper
        • Audio Focus
        • Media metrics
        • MediaPlayer
        • MediaRecorder
        • Audio playback control
        • Improved media file access
      • Connectivity
        • Wi-Fi Aware
        • Bluetooth
        • Companion device pairing
      • Sharing
        • Smart sharing
        • Smart text selection
      • Accessibility
        • Language detection for TTS
        • Accessibility button
        • Independent volume adjustment
        • Fingerprint gestures
        • Word-level highlighting
        • Standardized one-sided range values
        • Hint text
        • Continued gesture dispatch
      • Security & Privacy
        • Permissions
        • New account access and discovery APIs
        • Google Safe Browsing API
      • Testing
        • Instrumentation testing
        • Mock intents for tests
      • Runtime & Tools
        • Platform optimizations
        • Updated Java support
        • Updated ICU4J Android Framework APIs

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