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Android O will now allow you to monitor and cut down exactly what services are running at any given time, which could prove the difference between your phone dying when you need it most. Unlike previous year, Google has not showed up any early developer preview of Android 8.0, and the only official tease is of the "Oreo" naming, which to is far from confirmation. Even though it was introduced last fall (and we're just now entering spring), Android Nougat is still only installed on 2.8 percent of all Android devices. First up is notification channels, a system apps can use to define categories for their notifications.

Android famously uses a weird naming convention for its operating system releases. Android O supports wide color gamut for apps, so high quality wide-gamut displays can be put to good use.

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.

This means that each notification would simultaneously carry the icon pertaining to the particular app, and users could quickly see how many notifications they have over a particular app just by looking at the main screen. For developers, it requires new techniques to make sure your app can do what it needs to do in the background.

However, the Android 7.1.2 has not still been made public by the technology giant, and it is in-fact expected that the new version of Android Nougat might be part of April's security patch update. Additionally, Android O can animate icons when they're touched.

There's also a new "AAudio" API for high-performance, low-latency audio.

Similarly, language capabilities can also differ in various devices.

Launched alongside the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in 2015, the Pixel C carried the same UI that we're used to seeing on Nexus device, despite its Pixel branding. The Android O version could most likely bring some design changes here, yet again. Luckily, the company details the timeline of the beta program for O here.

"As we get closer to a final product, we'll be inviting consumers to try it out as well, and we'll open up enrollments through Android Beta at that time", Burke said. The update will roll out to Google devices within a few weeks, but OEMs will take at least a few months to get their updates out the door. The oldest of those, KitKat, was first released in 2013.

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