Google Announces Android O with Battery Life & Notifications Updates – Download First Developer Preview Images

Rafia Shaikh
Android O public beta

While you may have been waiting for Nougat, Google is ready to start working on Android O. Probably to be named Android Oreo, the first Android O Developer Preview is now out. The update will bring some interesting changes to Android, including new notification channels, picture-in-picture mode, adaptive icons, and much more.

Relevant: Steps to install (and roll back) Android Oreo Developer Preview on Pixel / Nexus

You may not see any major facelift that was introduced a few years back with Lollipop, but developers would certainly find the features interesting. More user-focused features will likely be revealed later in the development cycle.

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Currently, Android O is only available via factory images and won’t be available via the Android Beta Program. This means no OTA updates for the moment. Google does plan to offer Android O via the Beta Program ahead of Google I/O.

Major changes and features in Android O

  • Background limits to save battery life
  • Redesigned notifications: notification channels, snoozing, timeouts and notification dismissals
  • Picture-in-Picture mode: already available with Android TV, PIP will now be introduced to more devices
  • Adaptive launcher icons: support visual effects, and can display a variety of shapes across different device models
  • Color management: Android developers of imaging apps can now take advantage of new devices that have a wide-gamut color capable display
  • Wi-Fi aware
  • Pinning shortcuts and widgets
  • Accessibility features
  • Multi-display support

Can't wait to try Oreo? The Android O factory images for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player are now live. Here are the direct download links, which you can use to flash factory images right on your Pixel or Nexus devices (instructions here):

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