Getting the jump on what usually comes in the fall, Google chose the spring season to release the developer preview of Android O. Still a secret is the official name for the new Android model, which is set for release later in the year.
New features include battery life improvements, picture-in-picture support, enhanced background management, and new notification center. The relevant Android devices include Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.
Consumers will likely applaud the improvements to battery life for Android O.
“Battery life has been a perennial problem ever since Android was released and Google has been attempting to make improvements on battery performance on Android devices,” according to a media release from Leawo Software. “This time with the developer preview Android O, Google has gone further to improve battery life by optimizing background processing.”
Google will limit what apps can do in the background, specifically implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. With these Android changes, Google claims apps will have minimal impact on the battery life of the device.
“Another important update is the picture-in-picture support,” notes the release. “This new feature would allow users to open two apps at the same time, a feature which Samsung and LG have had for years. With the new feature, now users can watch videos on YouTube and download videos on Android and browse the website at the same time with ease.”
While the developer preview has been released so developers can download and conduct testing, there could be unnamed features still to be announced when the Android O is ready for rollout.