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The global tech giant has suddenly dropped the Android O into the market, but now, it is available only for developers.

It's certainly welcome to see that Google isn't relegating the Pixel C to the sidelines, in a time when many owners were feeling that the device was becoming the redheaded step child of the Pixel family.

Like past year when Google announced Android Nougat out of the blue, months ahead of its I/O developer conference, the company's just dropped the first developer preview for Android O. Users can download the official ROM from Google Server itself. This developer preview includes an early version of this new API. Services running in the background consume more resources from the device and as such, Android O puts limits on these services.

Hence with only a few days left to go before the rolling out of the latest update of the Android operating system, it remains to be seen how it fares.

Whenever a user connects the device to a Wi-Fi network or takes a picture, background apps come into action due to "implicit broadcasts", but the new Android version places a cap on them. You can even set and enable background colours for different sets of notifications. You can either jump into an app by tapping it or drag it to the left or right edge of the screen for switching into multi-window setting. This will, as an illustration, let users view videos while scrolling up and down their social media platforms. Developers have the ability to set adaptive icons which can change depending on the device. Then comes June when the third developer preview of O will be released and all APIs are to be finalized. Android O will also try to provide better notifications management for users. "Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them", he says. This will not only make it easier to get to certain notifications but will also make it fairly visually pleasing. What this means, essentially, is that you will be able to group notifications for similar apps. It also supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs like LDAC for optimal audio fidelity. According to Google, there are more features coming.

  • Carolyn Briggs