Android O for Google Pixel XL Release Date and Features
Google Pixel XL flagship unveiled with inbuilt Android 7.0 Nougat and later Google upgraded it to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Google Pixel XL got the Android 7.1.1 update in December 2016. Android O will be next major android update for Pixel XL devices. After the Android 7.1.2 update, the Search Giant is goint to release Android O which is the next big update for Android Operating system. Android 8.0 might be the version number for Android O.
The Search Giant unveiled the First developer preview of Android O in March. According to the timeline released by Google, Second, Third and Fourth previews of Android O will be released in May, June and July months respectively. The Final build of Android O will be released by Google in Q3, 2017. Google completed the beta program of Android Nougat and the Beta of Android O is coming soon according to the official Android Beta Website. Google might unveil the Beta build of Android O at the Google I/O event.
Android O Elegant Features
Google enhanced Android O by adding many exclusive features like Notification channels, Picture in Picture mode, multiple display support and so on. The Search giant also refined Stability and Security features in the next iteration of Android. More features probably be added in the final release of Android O. Now we round up some of the exclusive features of Android O.
1. Notification Channels
Android O is coming with more control over Notifications through Notification channels according to the official Android Developers Blog. It gives granular control to users. So users can choose which type of notifications appears from an app. With the Notification Channels feature, user can choose required categories from which notifications appear and other notifications will be hidden. So users can also hide unnecessary notifications like notifications from overlay apps. In some messenger apps like Whatsapp, notifications from some groups can be muted with the Notification channels of Android O. So user can check only necessary notifications quickly.
In Android O, notifications can also be snoozed by the user. So the user can easily check them later. When the user swipe slightly to side on any notification on Android O, snoozing options will appear. In that users can choose any time of 15 min, 30 min and 1 Hour to snooze. It is just like in Gmail to snooze mails to later.
In Android O, developers can add background colors for their app notifications. So users can easily identify notifications and it also improves user interface. But developers have to target Android O in their apps to work this feature correctly.
2. Picture in Picture Mode or PiP
Picture in Picture is a native feature of Android Nougat. But Nougat brought this feature only to Android TVs. Now Google has improved this feature and brought to Android Smart Phones with the Android O update. With this feature, users can easily do multi tasking. Users check Gmail or browse the web while watching YouTube videos or video chatting around a corner of the screen. But this feature is still in the development phase of Android Smart phones.
Recently at Google I/O 2017, Google revealed more details about the Picture in Picture of Android O. Google is trying to give fluid like experiences to users with Android O. The Picture in Picture is one of the enhancements to provide fluid like android experience. But currently only a few apps are supporting the Picture in Picture feature. This feature is useful while using apps like Google Duo which don’t support Split-screen. The Android User interface will be more improved with this feature. The Search Giant may refine this feature to work much better in the next Developer Preview and also in the final release of Android O.
3. New Background Limits
This feature is to save more battery on Android. Previously with Doze mode and improved Doze Mode, Google improved battery saving in Android Marshmallow and Nougat respectively. Now with restricted app background limits, battery saving is much enhanced in Android.
Execution limits of Android O, restrict the app activities that are not foreground to access system resources. They also restrict system resources to the app activities that are not being used actively. Location limits restrict the location requests of the apps that are not foreground and reduce battery drain.
According to the Android Developers blog, the background limits feature of Android O helps in saving battery juice much. The Search giant may improve this feature in the upcoming preview of Android O.
4. Project Treble
This is one of the exclusive features of the next iteration of Android. Google recently revealed some of the details of Project Treble. With Project Treble, Google is trying to solve the problem of slow updates. Already the Search giant is working with the chipset Giant and the Japanese tech Giant Sony to fix bugs in Android O. So after the release of Android O Final build open source code, there will no need to patch these bugs again. So in future, Device makers like Samsung, Sony may directly grab the source code from open source and build for their devices without waiting for chipset makers like Qualcomm.
In the next generation with stable vendor implemented interface, updates change only Android Framework without making changes to vendor interface. So problems like Bootloop after update may be fixed. The size of the update also might be reduced in future. Project Treble is already implemented on Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on experimental basis. Google will announce more details about Project Treble in coming days.
5. Fast App installs and Reboots
Android 8 is coming with exclusive optimizations to speed up app installs. So in Android O, apps install in no time. Google also made special optimizations to reduce app launch time. Many beta testers also confirmed that in Android O, apps launch faster than in Nougat. In I/O 2017, Google also demonstrated the improved app launch time. Refined reboot time is also due to some optimizations of Android 8. The Search Giant claims that reboot times will be reduced to about half with the Android O update. This improvement also facilitates to reduce OTA install times. More details about these refinements will be revealed in coming days.
Google Pixel XL Android O Release
Already the first developer preview is available for Pixel XL flagship in the official site. The Second developer preview of Android O will come in May 2017. The finalized version of Android O will be rolled out to Pixel XL in Q3, 2017. Google releases factory images earlier than OTA updates. So OTA rollout of Android O for Pixel XL may start in October or November 2017. More details about the release of Android O for Google Pixel XL devices will be revealed in coming months.
Update on 10/6/2017 :
Google released the Android O Developer Preview 3 with many improvements over the previous preview. The latest preview confirmed that Android O is coming with the version number 8. Android 8 APIs are also finalized with this preview. The API level of Android O is 26 and API 26 SDK is ready to download through the Android Studio for developers. The search giant introduced the Background Apps notification feature with this update. With the Background apps notification feature, users can reduce the battery drain.
According to tech analysts, the final developer preview of Android O may come in the first or second weeks of July. So the official Android 8 final build probably come in the beginning of August.