The third Android O developer preview is now available
for download. Google announced the launch of the same today. This preview
includes all the latest SDKs and applications for developers, and has system
images for devices like exus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel
C, and the official Android Emulator.
The preview also brings along an emulator for testing
Android Wear 2.0 on Android O. Most importantly though, the Android O APIs are
now final and in all likelihood, don’t need any further changes. This also
brings to near culmination the Android O developer previews that were first
launched in March, and is the third, with the second preview arriving in in May
at Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference.
Google is said to
be planning a final release, which will have near final system images. That
particular preview is planned for next month and will be followed by a final
release of the operating system in a couple of months or so.
The new features brought by Android O include background
limits, notification channels and dots, auto-sizing
text-view, adaptive icons, Web-view enhancements, Audio API, high-quality
Bluetooth audio codecs, wide-gamut color for apps, and Google Play Protect.
Also included are Autofill APIs, Picture in Picture, XML font resources,
downloadable fonts, emoji compatibility.
O is expected to be a big update and some of the features
mentioned in the last paragraph are actually pretty huge. Picture in picture
for instance, will let users watch a video while doing something else as well.
To me, that is reason enough to upgrade.
Meanwhile, this update places all the tools developers
need to start creating apps for O, into their hands. If you are a developer and
want in, simply download the latest version of the preview now from
developer.android.com. Alternatively you can also get it through the Android