Google Announced Android O, Brings Many New Features and Better Power Management

The next version of Android is finally here. Google officially announced the Android O today and the Developer Preview Images are available to download for compatible Google devices. The Android O doesn’t have a full name yet but it’s where the guessing starts, right?

Compatible Devices

As you can expect, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are not on the list of compatible devices anymore. The Nexus 6 will not get any major update after Android Nougat 7.1.1. All of the Google devices launched after the Nexus 6 are compatible with the Android O. Still if you are confused, here is the list of devices supported by the Android O.

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus6P
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C
  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL

More about The Android O

Android O comes with many new features focusing on power management and better notifications.

Background process limit is the first big change. It will restrict the background process resulting in better battery life. It will limit what background apps and processes can do in certain conditions. Background restriction also includes the restriction of location when not needed.

Notification channels is the next big change. It will allow developers to sort their notifications in different types (sort of categories). It will allow users to have more control over their notifications. Users will be able to control the different type of notifications from each app. A new “notification grouping behavior” and a new “notification aesthetic” will also be introduced, but it is not clear what it is yet.

Android O Notifications

Autofill APIs is another big change in the new Android O. It will allow apps like LastPass to autofill data for you.

Bluetooth aptX support will also finally be included in the Android O. Google did not use the exact words but it said that the new Android version will get “high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs,” which possibly means the support for Bluetooth aptX.

A better Keyboard Navigation is also a part of the new update.

Remember the Picture in picture video from the Android TV? It is now coming to phones and tablets with Android O.

You can see a complete list of new features at the Google’s official blog post.


Uzair Khalid
Uzair Khalid

Uzair has been very tech savy and an enthusiast since childhood. An Android geek, a passionate writer for all things technology and a Computer Science graduate.

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