Android O for Sony Xperia XZ Release Date and Features
Xperia XZ smart phone released with inbuilt Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later Sony updated it to Android 7.0 Nougat. Sony XZ got the Android 7.0 update in December 2017 after few beta releases. Android O will be next major android update for Xperia XZ devices. After the Android 7.1.2 update, the Search Giant is goint to release Android O which is the next big update for Android Operating system. Android 8.0 might be the version number for Android O.
The Search Giant unveiled the First developer preview of Android O in March. According to the timeline released by Google, Second, Third and Fourth previews of Android O will be released in May, June and July months respectively. The Final build of Android O will be released by Google in Q3, 2017. Google completed the beta program of Android Nougat and the Beta of Android O is coming soon according to the official Android Beta Website. Google might unveil the Beta build of Android O at the Google I/O event.
Android O Elegant Features
Google enhanced Android O by adding many exclusive features like Notification channels, Picture in Picture mode, multiple display support and so on. The Search giant also refined Stability and Security features in the next iteration of Android. More features probably be added in the final release of Android O. Now we round up some of the exclusive features of Android O.
1. Notification Channels
Android O is coming with more control over Notifications through Notification channels according to the official Android Developers Blog. It gives granular control to users. So users can choose which type of notifications appears from an app. With the Notification Channels feature, user can choose required categories from which notifications appear and other notifications will be hidden. So users can also hide unnecessary notifications like notifications from overlay apps. In some messenger apps like Whatsapp, notifications from some groups can be muted with the Notification channels of Android O. So user can check only necessary notifications quickly.
In Android O, notifications can also be snoozed by the user. So the user can easily check them later. When the user swipe slightly to side on any notification on Android O, snoozing options will appear. In that users can choose any time of 15 min, 30 min and 1 Hour to snooze. It is just like in Gmail to snooze mails to later.
In Android O, developers can add background colors for their app notifications. So users can easily identify notifications and it also improves user interface. But developers have to target Android O in their apps to work this feature correctly.
2. Picture in Picture Mode or PiP
Picture in Picture is a native feature of Android Nougat. But Nougat brought this feature only to Android TVs. Now Google has improved this feature and brought to Android Smart Phones with the Android O update. With this feature, users can easily do multi tasking. Users check Gmail or browse the web while watching YouTube videos or video chatting around a corner of the screen. But this feature is still in the development phase of Android Smart phones.
Recently at Google I/O 2017, Google revealed more details about the Picture in Picture of Android O. Google is trying to give fluid like experiences to users with Android O. The Picture in Picture is one of the enhancements to provide fluid like android experience. But currently only a few apps are supporting the Picture in Picture feature. This feature is useful while using apps like Google Duo which don’t support Split-screen. The Android User interface will be more improved with this feature. The Search Giant may refine this feature to work much better in the next Developer Preview and also in the final release of Android O.
3. New Background Limits
This feature is to save more battery on Android. Previously with Doze mode and improved Doze Mode, Google improved battery saving in Android Marshmallow and Nougat respectively. Now with restricted app background limits, battery saving is much enhanced in Android.
Execution limits of Android O, restrict the app activities that are not foreground to access system resources. They also restrict system resources to the app activities that are not being used actively. Location limits restrict the location requests of the apps that are not foreground and reduce battery drain.
According to the Android Developers blog, the background limits feature of Android O helps in saving battery juice much. The Search giant may improve this feature in the upcoming preview of Android O.
4. Project Treble
This is one of the exclusive features of the next iteration of Android. Google recently revealed some of the details of Project Treble. With Project Treble, Google is trying to solve the problem of slow updates. Already the Search giant is working with the chipset Giant and the Japanese tech Giant Sony to fix bugs in Android O. So after the release of Android O Final build open source code, there will no need to patch these bugs again. So in future, Device makers like Samsung, Sony may directly grab the source code from open source and build for their devices without waiting for chipset makers like Qualcomm.
In the next generation with stable vendor implemented interface, updates change only Android Framework without making changes to vendor interface. So problems like Bootloop after update may be fixed. The size of the update also might be reduced in future. Project Treble is already implemented on Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on experimental basis. Google will announce more details about Project Treble in coming days.
Xperia XZ Android O Rollout
The Japanese tech giant may start the Android O beta program for Xperia XZ flagship in July or August 2017. The finalized version of Android O may reach Xperia XZ in December 2017 only in some regions. In the remaining regions, Xperia XZ might get the update in January 2018. More details about the release of Android O for Sony XZ devices will be revealed in coming months.
Update on 17/5/2017 :
Google unveiled the Second Developer Preview of Android O at the Google I/O 2017 a few hours ago. The Search Giant also started the Public Beta program of Android O. So interested tech enthusiasts can download the Beta build of Android O from the official Android Beta Website. Currently the Android O Beta build is available only for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL devices. Users can also wipe their devices clean and install the Second Preview of Android O Factory images from the official website.
Google also announced the Android Go program for entry level android devices. According to the official Android blog, Android O will be optimized specially under the Android Go program for entry level devices with 1GB or less Ram. So the Go version of the upcoming Android iteration will run smoothly on even low-end devices. The Search Giant also designs its own apps to consume less storage, less Data and Ram. Exclusively designed Go apps like YouTube Go, Chrome, and Gboard will come along with the Go version of Android O. Play store also will be optimized specially for entry level devices.
Security features are also refined in Android O. The Google Play Protect security suite scans android apps regularly and protects the device against rogue apps. Boot time and app launch time will be reduced in the next iteration of Android. In Google demo presented at I/O, Google Spreadsheets app launched twice as fast on Android O than on Nougat.
Dave Burke announced that the final build of Android O will come in late Summer. Some new features of Android O like TensorFlow Lite, Smart Text Selection, Notification dots are revealed at I/O 2017.