Android O: Everything You Need to Know about the Developer Preview

Google has recently rolled out the developer’s build of Android O, its upcoming mobile OS version and there’s a lot of things to expect.

Staying updated is the core focus of our Android app developers to deliver futuristic solutions for our clients. With the technological world evolving at a rapid rate, the consumer demands are also changing. Adhering this fact, we are here to discuss on some of its core enhancements that are about to improve the ultimate user experience. 

Notification Customisation

This enhancement is introduced to offer greater control over different types of notifications to the end users. It helps them to change or block the behaviour of each channel. Furthermore, it comes with a new UI and grouping for notifications which, help users to view the notifications more easily.

Longer Battery Life  

The Android O version is about to come with Background Limit for apps which, help in improving the device’s battery life along with a boost in its interactive performance. Google has brought extra automatic limits on how applications perform in the background. These limits have been classified in 3 areas including; the implicit broadcasts, location updates and background devices.

Connection with WiFi

With this enhancement, all devices having a proper hardware, nearby devices and apps can be able to connect with each other over WiFi without requiring an internet access point.

PiP or Picture-in-Picture mode

Picture-in-Picture mode help users to search content, watch videos and perform any other activity in the background while making video chats by using a small box inside the tablet or smartphone’s screen. Furthermore, it will help users to set custom interactions and the aspect ratio for PiP as well.


This upcoming version will help users to autofill ID/passwords or autofill forms while logging into an account. The autofill feature will store important data of users including address, email ID, passwords and usernames securely. Furthermore, the developers will be able to use Autofill APIs in the applications.

Adaptive Icons

Often the Android device makers use their unique custom OS interfaces that greatly affect how the shape and look of app icons correspond along with the rest of the applications being downloaded from Play Store. To address this issue, Android O is here to bring the feature of ‘adaptive icons’ which will offer numerous shape options to developers that will shift automatically on the basis of the home screen theme. This updated version will keep the home screen grid unified and uniform by allowing developers to include multiple options.
With the Android O version, developers are about to explore a more refined, fine-tuned touch-based experience. This will ultimately help Google to build that synchronised pairing of operating systems which, they are striving for.