Good news for Android users: Google has announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the developer preview for the upcoming flagship mobile operating system, Android O, is now available for download. This release intends for developers to get comfortably familiar with the system which will revolve mainly around saving battery life for end users, Google reported in a dedicated blog post.
Major changes include limiting what apps can do in the background of a user’s phone (like constant geolocation and maintenance), which drains power and slows down potential speeds.
There will also be a completely new “Notifications Channel” instead of the one-trick notification drawer which exists today. This means users will be able to fine tune the type of notifications they wish to receive from each app, independently.
Other features like phone model adaptive icon shapes will be the new standard as well. Google won’t formally launch Android O until the I/O conference in May.