After rolling out first developer preview for Android O, Google is all set to begin the beta programme for the latest Android operating system. The company is reported to spill some beans on its plans for Android O during its annual developer I/O conference starting on May 17, 2017.
The search-engine giant has ended the Android Beta Programme for Android Nougat and will soon begin Android O Beta programme. “Thank you for your interest in the Android Beta Programme. The beta for Android Nougat has concluded, and all devices that were opted in have been updated to the current public version,” Google said on the Android beta website.
“If you are still running a beta version of Nougat you may download the latest full OTA image for your device and sideload it. This will not wipe your device. We’ll update this site when the Android O Beta Programme begins,” the update added.
For those who are not aware, Google rolled out Android O Developer Preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. However, these types of updates are not meant for public consumption that why Google rolls out Beta Programme so that a wider audience could test it before releasing it officially.
The latest Android update is already touted to be the next big version. Android O comes loaded with some interesting features. After improving Doze last year, Google seems to have included an advanced version of Background limits which will aggressively manage apps running in the background and hence, saving some juice for users. Another visible change in Android O is more control on the Notifications which pops up in the notification panel.
Multiple notifications from the same app will be clubbed and users can actually customise how they want to see the notifications based on app preferences. Besides, the first version of Android O developer preview also introduces something called – Adaptive Icons, which basically makes the icon of any third party app to look like the stock Pixel launcher apps. Google is also working on something called ‘Picture-in-Picture’ mode which lets you watch a video or any other content from a particular app in a pop-up window while simultaneously navigating around other apps on your device.