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Android O: the new version for developers arrives

diciembre 2, 2019

Among the innovations of Android O, the new version of Google's operating system, there is the promise of longer battery life and new notifications.

For the second year in a row, Google is making a preview for Android O developers, the next version of Android that should be released in the consumer world in the fall. The next Android has the code name O and is not yet available to users.

We do not know what the exact novelties of Android O will be, Google maintains maximum confidentiality, but it seems that the turning point will consist in reducing battery consumption. Even for Android O (which could take the name of Oreo biscuit, according to some) Google continues in its intent to control in an incisive way how much the app can do in the background, main cause of the consumption of battery.

Dave Burke, vice president of Android Engineering, comments: We have set up automatic limits to the apps, in order to limit what they do in the background, specifically in three main areas: implicit transmission, background services and location updates.

These automatic limits could affect the functioning of existing applications, but by dealing with measures in the light of the reduction of battery consumption – it is not yet possible to hypothesize whether Google's strategy will be effective on most phones.

Changes in view also for the Android notification system, which will in fact be grouped into categories that will take the name of channels. Of course, they are vague information, but it seems that the possibility will be given to set which notifications to receive from each app already in the Android control panel and not in the single interface. And Burke adds that Android O will offer notifications to theme and to groups that will facilitate the reading of the preview.You can also stop notifications of messages and emails, postponing them. Among the other interesting innovations is the improvement of the sound quality thanks to wireless headphones that will work in an improved way thanks to the high resolution Bluetooth audio codecs.

Developers will also be able to create dynamic icons for apps, icons that change shape and appearance based on the theme of the screen chosen by the user, thus allowing color management. Even the issue of issues becomes important, an indication of the fact that changing the appearance of the screens takes place following a request from the users, who are willing to pay for the most fashionable or appealing styles.

Android O

Among others updates that have to do with the display and navigation on the screen: picture in picture mode for videos and apps. A pop-up window that the app can use instead of the warning window Multi display support to start a task on a display Remote. New ways to support keyboard navigation. Google seems to be serious about making Android work better on Chromebooks. At the moment the Nougat version is not yet available for Chrome OS, but Google aims to undo the difference of an Android generation on OS devices, guaranteeing equal release of the news. And this strategy suggests something that could have something to do with the use of the big screen system.

But the news no end: API with auto-compilation, which makes it easier – for password managers – to register with a general auto-fill from the official application. Support for XML layout fonts. Expanding the range of colors for apps. A framework for telecommunications, so that third-party VOIPs can behave as primary applications, in particular with reference to OS.WebView (which allows Chrome's rendering engine to show web content) will work more smoothly because apps can run in multi-process mode, to avoid crashes. In addition there will be the possibility to use Google's Safe Browsing mode to avoid phishing sites. Also for Java 8 with runtime optimizations. Specifically we talk about the Android Runtime or the code behind the code that makes the applications faster than ever. Network Aware Networking, will allow Android devices to communicate directly with each other via Wi-Fi, even if the network is not connected to the Internet.

Developers will be able to test Android by means of a desktop simulator, or with one of the following devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C.

For those of you who want to try it, you need to download it manually and then flash it. There is no information yet on the release of a beta version this year. Further news could come already from May (from 17 to 19), in which Google I / O will be held.

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