Android O could bring big changes to notifications

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A Google Plus user by name Tatsuya Shiba has posted this screenshot of the rollout of Android 7.1.2 beta build 2 update.

There's even a tasty hint as to what its candy codename will be. In other words, unless you are a developer with a true need to test Android O, this should be avoided entirely.

If you want Android O right now, your only way to get it will be through manually flashing an image of the Developer Preview. Google shared its tentative schedule for the new version's milestones, and it put the final release in the third quarter of 2017. This feature was rolled out to the Nexus 5X in the first Android 7.1.2 release itself, but since the Nexus 6P didn't receive the first release it finally gets this gesture support. It'll do this by putting new automatic limits on app background performance in three areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.

Google could also bring background restricted activities from some apps on Android O. The tool can now be found on Chrome 57 and allows users to reduce the power consumption of bottom working tabs, thereby optimizing the duration of the battery.

Android O is also adding notification channels, which give developers better control over different kinds of notifications.

This a pretty substantial update for developers, and like Marshmallow and Nougat that preceded it, it doesn't pack all that many features that will be noticeable for the average user. This allows you to send data at high speed between devices.

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It's certainly not most groundbreaking feature to highlight, but it should make your life much easier if you rely on a password manager (something you should be using). It's not clear yet whether, as speculated last week, apps icons will adapt to show users new information, such as the correct day on the calendar. While chances are Google might go the same way this year as well for Android O, there are no indications about it yet. One of the features rumored to be included on the upcoming version consists in app icon badges for all the active notifications.

The absence of this feature from Android up until now is something of a mystery, as iOS users have had it for several years.

However, there are some changes to the Google's Developer Preview program this time. An example listed suggests drawing the letter C onscreen could bring up a list of your recent contacts.

Google is unveiling the newest flavor of Android.

The next iteration of Android after the Nougat or Android 7 is presumably the Android O. While the guessing game for what could stand for "O" may no more be fun, a new report has just revealed some cool features it may bring. Not only has Google refused to offer the complete the cycle of Nougat updates for the device, the company has taken its old flagship backwards.