While major Android releases get the greatest new highlights, there is something in store for minor updates also. With the introduction of Android 8.1 Oreo, Google rolled out various interesting changes to the most prevalent mobile operating system that should make it run better on a very important category of devices: entry-level smartphones. Here are some of the key features you should look forward to from Android Oreo when it rolls out to your smartphone.
Starting with Android 7.0, Android can limit certain activities an application needs to do while it’s in the background. Oreo expands on this start and places top need on sparing force and enhancing battery existence without the client doing anything or install anything.
New limits on implicit broadcasts (sending “signals” for other apps or activities to act upon), background services (activities of an app that continue to run when it’s not on the screen) and location updates (checking to see where you are using Android’s location services) are automatic. This implies it’s simpler to assemble applications that don’t affect battery life and the user doesn’t have to manage anything.
This is a new area for Android, so developers are encouraged to study the documentation and experiment with the foundation execution and area confines before Android Oreo is accessible for consumer gadgets. Background execution limits are a quite major ordeal, despite the fact that we don’t perceive any progressions on our screen.
Picture in picture for handsets
Android TV has PIP mode with Nougat, and now all Android will have it with Android O. This is picture-in-picture video. Imagine viewing Netflix and YouTube in the meantime. Or then again a YouTube video while looking up project instructions in Chrome. There is also support for multi-displays. So watch something on a phone and cast another stream to your TV.
Platform support for autofill means better security and an effective path for an application to store repetitive information. With the new Autofill API, a user will have the capacity to pick a hotspot for autofill information, and applications that need to store and recover this kind of information never again should go about as an Accessibility benefit.
An app like a password manager can bundle its own activity for using the autofill API and we can pick it when we require it much like picking another console. An application could also be built that acts as a global storage for autofill data without being associated with any one particular program.
Smart Text Selection
Android O will perceive an address, URL, phone number, and email addresses. Double-tap and copy/paste will feature the whole line, at that point offer applications you’ll require next. In addition to the usual copy, paste, or copy all commands.
Notification channels and dots
Google additionally plans to gather notices into channels, giving users more prominent control over their application notice categories. Clarifying the move, Google expresses: “Users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, instead of dealing with the majority of the applications’ notices together.”
Google is also making it possible to snooze individual notifications, which is truly helpful given the persistence of some Android system notifications. You’ll have the capacity to nap notices for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or one entire hour.
Another new feature will be notice dots, which are visual pointers on application icons that’ll show if you have any waiting notifications. This is a feature that iPhone users will be acquainted with, as it’s been part of Apple’s iOS software for years
Adaptive icons and badges
Another expected feature is the addition of adaptive icons. This means developers will have the capacity to utilize diverse formed application symbols, depending on the manufacturer’s preference. Application icons will likewise badge notifications, as previously mentioned.
The new Audio API was built for applications that need a high-performance and low-latency audio path. Sound information can be perused and composed by means of typical streams and the AAudio API handles the routing and latency.
The first versions of the AAudio APIs are not yet complete but rather are an extraordinary path for developers who require these features to give feedback.
Additional tools for developers,similar audio focus enhancements and a new volume shaper class will make our music sound even better, and new ways to access media files mean developers can do a lot more with apps that play them.
Android Oreo enables the multi-process mode for WebView components from Nougat as the default and adds a new set of APIs that provide version information, better approaches to end a web see window, a strategy to decide the need of rendering a web see, and the Google Safe Browsing API.
These make applications that utilization web development languages better stability and security,and users will benefit if developers enable Google Safe Browsing for remote URLs.
Camera app improvements
Google is spending some time reworking the camera app,offering a new double-tap feature that lets you quickly get to 50% zoom. There’s also a new dedicated button that lets you switch between photo and video modes; previously, users were forced to swipe, which some may have found unintuitive.