27 March, 2017
We already saw some nifty notifications improvements in Android Nougat, including automatic grouping of an app's notifications and the ability to directly reply without opening the app in question. Its aim for 2017 is to roll out new tools that will protect users who install apps from outside Google Play and aren't supported by its existing systems.
Google has released Android O developer preview and it is now available for download for select devices namely desktop emulator, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices.
In comparison, Apple claimed that 79% of all iOS devices were running iOS 10 as of February 20.
Following the revelation that the Stagefright vulnerability was jeopardising the security of millions of Android smartphones and tablets, Google promised to release monthly updates to the platform, which would fix bugs and security holes identified by its experts.
Google promises to boost device battery life with Android O by restricting the activity of applications running in the background, making them more power-efficient and less battery-draining.More news: US Imposes Electronics, Liquids Ban on Airlines From 13 Nations
One of the most hated UI element as a result of multiple flavors of Android is the inconsistency in the icons.
For the unfamiliar, users can instruct the Google Assistant to carry out specific tasks on their smartphone. It has more capabilities than Google Now, and it's more conversational. The latest update for Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta comes with a new multitasking user interface added to the Pixel C device.
New Android releases are nearly always welcomed by Android users, but power users, especially those who routinely root their devices, have mixed feelings.
Ludwig and Mille asserted that Google has been working, and would continue to do so, on streamlining the update process "to make it easier for manufacturers to deploy security patches". The new LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 line have it, and, now, so do two other popular flagships.
How can I update to Android O right now?