Android Things Developer Preview 5 upgrades Google's IoT platform to Android O

Android Things Developer Preview 5 upgrades Google's IoT platform to Android O
Android Things Developer Preview 5 upgrades Google's IoT platform to Android O
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12 Agosto, 2017

Google is planning to launch Android O the week of August 21st. Before this existed, you had to use the zoom bar. However, it looks that the search giant has made a decision to push back the launch by a few more days. The first Developer Preview was released at the end of 2016, and new versions have come out steadily since then, most recently with Preview 4.1. However, there is no official confirmation provided by the company regarding this report. It's not hard to imagine Google doing a cheesy tie-in with the biggest astronomical event of the year. The major features are notification dots, a new picture in picture mode which lets you watch video in a small window whilst you perform other tasks on your smartphone, support for third party calling apps and notification channels in which notifications can be segmented into various different channels like sports news, and so on.

For unread notifications, it will show badges as dots. Users can long tap on a text inside the address and the OS will automatically select the complete address. So, even though it is delayed now, Android O may hit Nexus devices and original Pixel phones before August 22.

Among the headlining features in Android O are battery-saving background restrictions, a new battery menu, battery percentage indicator tweaks and new Hi-Fi Bluetooth codecs.

Google also showcased its Android TV homescreen experience for Android O at the IO 2017 conference.

With this new update, users will now find it easier to switch between video and still image.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Android O may debut in the second week of this month.

Have you ever felt bore using the same operating system Android 7 or Nougat versions. Google recommends to developers that future IoT applications should target API 26 "to work correctly on the platform with our support libraries". He didn't reveal the exact date of release yet.


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