Android O beta just before the start of

Google has with the beta program of Android nougat of its development completed and announced the imminent start of a beta program for Android O. Thus are no new features in Android 7 nougat to expect more, but in the future will be powered with security updates. The basic development but is now considered the upcoming Android O.

 Android O (image: Google)

the announcement came ten days before the Developer Conference Google I/O which takes place from May 17 to 19 in mountain view, California. There, among other things, the idea of new Android features for payments and vehicles can be expected. Also to Adroid things it will go, as the Internet Group meanwhile be Internet of things previously as imagined Brillo OS for the ( Internet of things IoT ) is called.

“Beta program for Android nougat is complete”, it says on the page with the Android beta program. “The program for Android O starts soon.” The Web page will updated as soon as the beta program for the next version of the operating system starts. Still, in addition, it may be speculated what “O” will actually be. Last year, the company only six weeks after its Developer Conference had decided for the epithet “Nougat”.

a first developer preview classified as alpha version is available since March as the system image for developers. It is as usual only on selected nexus – and pixel devices can be run. To do this, Google announced further three Preview versions between May and July. The final release is planned for the third quarter.

the new feature “Background Limits” allows restrictions for apps that run in the background when Android O. She should help to extend the battery life of Android devices. In addition, developers should be enabled in the situation, to create apps, only a minimal burden on the device of a user and the battery.

also introduces Google notification channels. This content should, classified alerts in categories to give more control over users in turn which notifications they receive from a particular app. New AutoFill APIs to enable the development of apps that provide login credentials and other predefined information throughout the entire operating system.

additional innovations involve a picture in picture function (picture in picture, PiP), support for image editing apps with an extended color space, the WebView component, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the operation of apps via keyboard and professional audio playback. Android O brings but also support for new Java-8 APIs. Google will introduce probably more details and new features of Android O I/O at its Developer Conference.

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