Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Google introduces new feature called Shortcuts


Google has officially shared the first developer preview of Android O (Oreo, Orange, Oatmeal Cookie or Oregano- we won't know until the end). Many folks store their whole lives on their smartphone, including photos, contact info, messages, and personal info, so it's important that your smartphone is protected against malicious attacks. However, if you want to test out the beta OS releases for all these devices, you can sign up anytime in the Android Beta Program.

We recently reported that with the new Android 7.1.2 beta 2 update the Nexus 6P finally got the highly requested fingerprint scanner gesture feature.

Android O also comes with Notification Channels to prevent notification overload.

For now, Android O Developer Preview 1 brings background limits, which means apps running in the background will be more strictly controlled resulting into battery life efficiency. There are in total of 6 devices on the support list of this developer preview: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player.

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Google has always been more than just a search engine, and now its mobile app reflects that. Another new feature expected to Android O is picture-in-picture mode, similar to Android TV.

The update will allow users to continue watching a video on a corner of the screen while simultaneously using another app. The change should allow users more fine-grained control over each type of notification originating from an app. Google says the new system will allow users to "block or change the behavior of each channel individually", instead of just enabling or disabling the entirety of an app's notifications.

Android O is introducing new Bluetooth audio codecs to enable connecting and streaming to wireless audio devices at a higher quality.

With some of the more behind-the-scenes applications, we have better font resources and adaptive icons for themes, wide-gamut color support for apps. When an app launches an activity, the app can specify which display the activity should run on. Additionally, Google also said for Chromebooks and devices with larger form factors it's "focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for "arrow" and "tab" navigation".

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