So Android 8.0 is officially here and its called Oreo. As sweet as its name, its new features are sweet too. And here we have listed some of the key features coming with the next major Update of Android.
Background Service Limit
Background management in Android has always been messy. Most people are found using apps to close background apps. To save power and improve battery life, Google is making new limits on implicit broadcasts, background services, location updates automatic which will make easier for developers to create apps which wont consume much power.
Notification channels Framework
Google brought a new framework for developers to work with notifications which will let users group notifications in channel and control how it would represent particular type of notifications. This new system of notification is mandatory if a developer is targeting his/her app for Oreo else the notification wont work. Google showed off some of the ideas with their music app and YouTube app.
Picture in picture mode
Android TV always had a PiP mode but handsets used overlay system. With Oreo, google is bringing native PiP to the mobile platform. Developers can use this system to make a window of the app or its content and let it float while user is in another app or homepage. For example – you can watch YouTube videos while in Facebook that’s to PiP mode.
Adaptive icons and badges
With Google Pixel Launcher, Google brought Adaptive Icons to the OS and now with Android Oreo, the adaptive icons are supported system wide and natively. Google also make it easier for developers to create such icon as they only need to provide an icon and a background. System will do the rest thus creating nice animations.
Font resources in XML
The way a developer can use different colors and layouts using XML, now it will be possible to use fonts and styles too. It means that developers wont need to go through hard procedures to get a custom font for their apps.
Its going to change the way Third Party vendors like Qualcomn or mediatek can add required software outside Android Framework. it should improve slow OS update problem bugging Android users since the beginning.
Just like Autofill system in browser now developers can use Autofill APIs in their applications to retrieve data from previous inputs.
Wide-gamut color for apps
AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, and DCI-P3 and more color profile is now supported for developers to use in their applications for better visualization.
- High-quality Bluetooth audio through the Sony LDAC codec.
- NAN (Neighborhood Aware Networking) connectivity using the Wi-Fi Aware specification
- Telecom framework introduces new ways for third-party calling apps to work with each other and with your carrier’s special features.