Android O News: Name, Release Date & Features

Android O Feature Highlight: Apps Can No Longer Draw Over System UI

Android O Feature Highlight: Apps Can No Longer Draw Over System UI

Android O will mark the end of apps that draw over System UI as Google is deprecating the UI used by such apps. Instead, it will now be offering developers with a new ‘TYPE_APPLICATION_OVERLAY’ API that will only allow them to draw over other apps.

Android O Feature Highlight: Background Limits Will Lead to Improved Battery Life and Performance

Android O Feature Highlight: Background Limits Will Lead to Improved Battery Life and Performance

Since the release of Android Lollipop, Google has been relentlessly working on improving the efficiency, performance, and battery life management of Android. With Marshmallow, the company introduced Doze and with Nougat, it introduced an even refined version of Doze to further improve battery life. Now, with Android O, Google is introducing another new feature to effectively manage resources: background limits.

Android O Feature Highlight: Custom Ringtones and Notification Tones Can Now Be Easily Set

Android O Feature Highlight: Custom Ringtones and Notification Tones Can Now Be Easily Set

For an OS meant for smartphones and smart devices, Android can surprisingly fail at some very basic tasks. This includes the ability to set a custom ringtone or notification sound which is unnecessarily complex in stock Android.

Android O Feature Highlight: Picture-in-Picture Finally Comes to Phones and Tablets

Android O Feature Highlight: Picture-in-Picture Finally Comes to Phones and Tablets

Google first debuted Picture-in-picture support in Android with Nougat last year itself. Back then, however, the feature was limited to Android TVs only. With Android O, Picture-in-picture will be available for all Android smartphones and tablets as well.

Android O Feature Highlight: Notification Badges

Android O Feature Highlight: Notification Badges

Taking a cue from iOS, Google is introducing native support for notification badges in Android O. While many Android launchers have been able to replicate this functionality for quite a while now, it was wonky at best.

Android O Feature Highlight: Wi-Fi Automatically Enables Itself When Near a Saved Network

Android O Feature Highlight: Wi-Fi Automatically Enables Itself When Near a Saved Network

With Android O, Google will make it easier for your device to automatically connect to known Wi-Fi networks. A new feature in Android O, currently hidden and disabled in the developer preview, will automatically turn on Wi-Fi when you are near a saved network.

Android O Feature Highlight: Quick Settings Now Act as Toggles

Android O Feature Highlight: Quick Settings Now Act as Toggles

In Android Nougat, Google gave the Quick Settings a major overhaul both in terms of their look and functionality. With Android O, Google is once again tweaking how Quick Settings tiles work.

Android O Feature Highlight: Autofill API

Android O Feature Highlight: Autofill API

This is not a feature per se but a new Autofill API introduced by Google in Android O will allow password managers to work more elegantly in the OS. Using the API, password managers will be able to use the Autofill API to easily fill your login credentials in other apps and services.

Android O Feature Highlight: You Can Now Snooze Notifications

Android O Feature Highlight: You Can Now Snooze Notifications

Google completely revamped the notification settings in Nougat, and with Android O, it is further tweaking things for a better user experience. Aside from Notification channels, Google has also introduced the ability to snooze notification in Android O.

Android O Feature Highlight: Custom Lock Screen Shortcuts

Android O Feature Highlight: Custom Lock Screen Shortcuts

Since Marshmallow, Google has used the hidden System UI Tuner menu to hide useful customisation options in the OS. The first Developer Preview of Android O is no different and hides some interesting customisation options under System UI tuner, with one of them being the ability to customise the lock screen shortcuts.