Top 10 Android O features that Probably you don’t want to Miss
I am still imagining initial days of Google, when it was trying its hand establishing itself apart from search engine in order to enter the domain of mobile operating system. Android has certainly a glorious history. It has travelled a long way from Android Alpha, and then started giving sweet treat according to the alphabetical order Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kitkat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. Although Android had fallen into a tough situation to set the name for Android “N”, but this time it has got a difficult time while naming Android O too. Initially various android app developers were predicting it to be called Android “Oreo”. Even we were expecting it to be called Android Oreo, but now we are inclined in favour of Oatmeal cookie. This fact got elucidated after reading a recent article by PC Advisor. According to Myce, Google I/O 2017, there were some sort of references to Oatmeal Cookie. Hopefully, we will try to get back to you when we will be 100% ascertained!
At this point of time, when everyone having compatible devices like Nexus or Pixel devices, Google has unveiled Public beta meaning everyone can try out the upcoming version of OS. Although apart from seamless user experience, there are some points that a user can certainly enjoy:
1.Lock-screen Shortcut customisation
In Android O, under the System UI Tuner, that enables some degree of interface customisation, you will able to identify shortcut customisation menu that will enable the user to pick two different shortcuts other than the default camera and dialler according to Xda. Google has drawn inspiration from its former implementations. This feature is pretty much useful since it enables the customisation of two shortcuts standards in the bottom corners of the lockscreen.
For a better understanding, there is an extensive video available.
2.Contextually text selection Dialogue
Text selection is pretty much interesting for user context, while it demonstrates certain type of content and icons next to action. Identifying some of the random text, user will be enabled with a standard copy/paste dialogue. It is somehow quite interesting while text selection comes into the picture like a phone number or URL. It detects the text and pops up the appropriate app linked with this.
3.UI tuner new navigation bar customizer
The latest version has brought an amazing change in the System UI Tuner, where Android O has introduced a new experience to customise the navigation bar. While in the former versions, Home, Return and Recent App buttons were represented by triangle, a circle and a square. In the reign of Android O, it has enabled the user to add additional buttons, upto five with a new range of functions.
As far as these extra symbols are concerned, these can be certainly added into the left or right side, but can’t be removed from the standard three button setup as per Android Authority.
4.Refreshed Navigation Panel
Android has witnessed a rise over keyboard navigation ever since Android apps entered Chrome OS. Android O has brought some of the changes with a wider variety of navigation bar customisation with more reliability and predictable model. This would do exactly what “tab” and “arrow” would do.
5.Battery percentage revealed
Placing the battery percentage option is no longer an option in this latest version. These have somehow impacted the customisation that Android always assures, but the percentage will be shown alongside of the battery icon.
6.Setting menu redesigned
Revamped setting menu which offers the feature of subtle dark grey text on an all-white background is although certain. Ever since the side navigation menu is removed that was introduced in Android Nougat with the ultimate motive to make the setting as simple as possible reorganising the menus. It has made the things as straightforward as possible.
“ In Android O, there are going to be some big changes that will affect app developers directly and also that end-users and device manufacturers will benefit from by proxy”, Blaich said. Hence even in Android O, security has been prioritised. Google Play protect is one of the new security service, that can successfully protect more than 50 million apps every day. It detects and remove anything harmful.
Like security, Android O has given top priority while improving the battery life without any need to install any third-party app. It has put new implicit broadcasts, location updates and background services that are pretty much automatic.
9.Supports Autofill APIs
As far as Android app developers are concerned, Autofill APIs can be directly implemented into the apps. But the developer has to make sure that the correct box is essentially populated in order to render the data that the user want.
10.Customisation over icon shapes
While Pixel launcher has a number of cool features that are not readily available. While more of us use custom launchers, the company is continuously improving the utilisation of own launchers. The user can use stock, square, rounded corner react, or cylinder in order to get the specific look. The user is also accessed to change the icon shape by long press of home screen and press the settings.
These are some of the features that will be seen Android “O”. These version has really got some of the coolest features from revamped look to customisation of icon. These features is expected to prove a brighter future and is expected to bring good fortune to edge its competitors.