This column is authored by DC Kumawat, CEO,Orion Infosolutions
After the one year of development, Google officially announced the Android O, the next operating system for mobile devices. The name is also revealed as Android ‘Oreo’. The developers preview was released in March for refining the system. After a bit testing with developers, Android O will open through android beta. The software is the newest version of Android and can run on both mobile and tablet devices. It is expected to release soon for Android users.
What is Android Oreo?
Android O brings a lot of new features such as picture-in-picture, auto fill, integrated Instant Apps, Google Play Protect, faster boot time, and much more. Android 8.0 Oreo is as widespread version of Android as there has ever been, and it is stable, feature-rich and functionalities. While on the external side it may lack some visual changes and loaded with usability improvements and elegance.in addition offering new APIs and android runtime will be faster as 2x improvement. Developers added many new APIs which makes Android O more flexible and there are many interesting features which are easier to access and provides user interactivity such as notification including the tiny dots appearing on each app icon representing when they want your attention, and a cleaner notifications channel for all the alerts, smart text selections and many more. Mobile App Development Company makes features more flexible and easy to access and developers comes up with new and latest versions. If you are using smartphone you will get the latest update quickly. Android Oreo brings several changes to existing features as well as added new features.
Picture in Picture Mode
This is the most incredible and accessible feature added for the users to optimize the device more efficiently. The PIP features support in our smartphone as this mode lets you keep playing your video in a small window while working the other things in the background. Some feature that is in-built in YouTube app, but now users will be experience this in their smartphone. While multitasking on one device make possible to view videos in small screen while sending mails. An app can run on more than one display at a time, and the developer will decide which screen to launch when the user starts it on.
The new channels will allow developers to create a unified system to let phone users manage the notifications they see. For the operating system, it will be possible to set notification priorities and importance levels through the channel. Push notifications alerts for apps, it is possible to drop alert notification that are irrelevant. User might set different notification channels for groups and user will able to manage the notification easily.
Auto Fill Functionality
It is not possible for android to auto fill content earlier only chrome having the facility like this, but Android O have developed with the APIs which allow auto fill functionality such as login and you need not to fill the information as it retrieve the information that exists and helps in new apps to work with auto fill functionality after user chooses auto fill. With the new Auto fill API, user will be able to choose a source for auto fill data, and applications that need to store and retrieve the data and can easily access it. An app could be built and acts as global storage for auto fill data without being connected with any particular program.
Android O is introducing new Bluetooth audio codec which will leads in audio enhancements with wireless connectivity. Android O now able to support high quality Bluetooth audio codes i.e. is LDAC. Developers have also added Wi-Fi connectivity such as Wi-Fi aware which helps in easy connectivity with nearby devices and communicate over Wi-Fi connection through internet. These contain extended Connection Service API to enable third party calling and integrate the system UI and apps having their calls displayed and display controlled through different UI. Enhanced Wi-Fi connection will leads to data analysis and fast access.
Smart Text Selection
Android O comes with quick and smart text selection. After analyzing text, Android will automatically select names, addresses, and other details, saving the user from adjusting the selected area manually. For instance, if there is a phone number in the text that has been selected, Android will give you an option to call the number from phone dialer. Earlier, you had to copy the number, open the dialer, paste it, but now you just need to select the number and tap dialer button. Similarly, this feature works for addresses and email ids will automatically selected.
Every android device is different and icons appearances are also different. Android O introduces new adaptive launchers icon that support visual effects and variety of shapes and symbols across different models. It helps to integrate better with the UI. Some of the added effects like a preview pane from the home screen, different shaped masks that define the outside border and animated icons creates better appearance. Adaptive icons will be supported in the launcher, shortcuts, sharing dialog, device settings and the app overview screen. So some mobile phones will have circular icons while other devices might have square icons.
Android Oreo including the restricted mode which helps in finding out the bugs and also allow users to restrict the background activities for several applications, which helps in saving phone’s memory. When system needs disk space, it will deleted the cache file. This will also help to save memory for the active application and tasks which are running at that particular time. This is one of the great feature and will increase the speed of the application. As including full authority to customize the background running apps that will helps in improving the battery life. The Android Oreo displays the apps running in the background and allows you to stop any of them. So for easy access you have to tap on the app you want to save the battery consumption and data usage, and now you can easily restrict the app from running in the background.
Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect is the new service included by the developers that automatically keep apps safe by regularly scanning them for issues. And as the name suggests, it protects your Google Play from malicious apps. It educate the user about various security measures to be performed. Google Play Protect uses artificial intelligence to identify risks and it will come directly into the Google Play app. Although Google already scans the apps available in the Play Store, now it’s going to check the apps installed on your device for any malware and give warnings when it finds any trouble in accessing.
Android O provides users with quick setting section which let developers to modify the setting easily. As with Nougat, several clips have to activate and deactivate a setting, like the flashlight, Battery Saver or Airplane Mode. But others, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb, provide access to a mini menu so you can make slight changes without leaving the Quick Settings area. You can rearrange the order of the Quick Settings, which will be reflected at the top of the notifications areas and long-pressing an icon still takes you to the full Settings menu. Now the User, Edit and Settings icons have now migrated to the bottom of the Quick Settings area for easier access on large-screened devices.
Easy Accessing Location
Although Android Marshmallow introduced run-time permissions, still it is hard to find all the apps accessing a particular permission. Android Oreo having functionalities which are very useful and provide ease accessibility over the features. However, there is a change with Android O but just for location permission. Android O lets you view all the apps that have access to your location. The shortcut for the same is located inside the Location settings. One can easily access the locations.
In the conclusion, we can say that Android Oreo is the latest release and surely a step ahead in the right direction which includes a lots of interesting functionalities that user will get to know. Though the main motive is that user may get aware of all the changes that occur behind the scenes, and the functionalities that are added. As Android developer will easily modify the software in different ways and with additional features that are not same as the previous one. Developers done good work by introducing new features like PIP, auto fill, and notification controls. With Oreo, Pixel phone now boots faster and displays vibrant stats about battery and apps. Android Oreo is now progressing out to Pixel phones and should now be available to all handsets network. For Pixel and Nexus users, the update is already available. While some of these Oreo features are more behind the scenes like Sony’s codec for high quality Bluetooth audio connections, others like Android Instant Apps, which will lead users to access the apps without downloading them as apps can access through URLs while no need to install them. Now the android users will pick this version, as it is just very easy to access. Many of the Android followers admiring all the new advanced features and customization options.