Android O News: Name, Release Date & Features

Android O Feature Highlight: Notification Timeout

Android O Feature Highlight: Notification Timeout

Google completely revamped the notification panel of Android with Nougat, and with Android O, the company is further building on it to make it more feature rich. Apart from being able to snooze notifications, Android O will also introduce notifications timeout feature.

Android O Feature Highlight: Support for Wide Color Gamut Modes

Android O Feature Highlight: Support for Wide Color Gamut Modes

Android OEMs have been aggressively pushing the display quality in smartphones with their flagship handsets every year. Not only do Android devices feature high-resolution displays, they are also color accurate. However, due to the lack of wide color gamut support in Android, third party apps have been unable to take advantage of these displays in their apps. 

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.