Google announces Android O developer preview

Google says that with Android O, each device can provide a mask for that icon, which the OS can use to render all icons with the same shape. It's called Android O. A lot may change before the consumer version is released, and the company won't tell us when that may be. If you want to live on the cutting edge, you can download the first developer preview of Android O today if you own a supported device.

The feature allows users to swipe up or down on the device's fingerprint scanner to execute functions such as pulling down the notifications bar. How, Android O brings PiP to all phones and tablets. There are many new features in Android O, which you can read about here. Here's what we know so far. But, we are still not sure whether it will be a revived Nexus 7 or a phone bigger than XL. To do that, Google will limit what apps can do while they are launched on your phone but not actively being used. Expect the Google Assistant to be included in this new tool, according to the report. The news headlines will show relevant information based on your interest, allowing you to tap individual topics to browse the detailed information. At the end, the notification appears again.

Other changes come as a response to recent developments in mobile hardware.

Right now, Android O really is meant for developers to start learning from and improving their apps.

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Android has a long and sordid history with background processes. Either way, it would make a tempting package, just like all good things from Google. This is basically a limit that Google is placing on what apps can do in the background, and the company says it covers three areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.

The goal is to make apps, both old and new, less taxing on your battery by making the limits more transparent for developers.

Navigating via keyboard will be revamped for Chrome OS devices, and a new API will be out for apps that need high-performance low-latency audio. An app from a news publisher could create categories such as "World", "Business" and "Technology". Autofill apps can store and secure user data including addresses, usernames and passwords. I'd love to see Lastpass enable this as soon as possible after release. Multi-display support is coming to Android as well, though the use cases for this are probably tied to Chromebooks running Android apps. In other words, don't put this version on a phone you rely on for everyday use. So a similar integration will be seen across multiple apps like the Calendar app icon to display dates and more.

Device makers can set a mask for icons... maybe a squircle?