Friday, March 24, 2017

Android "O" New Features

What's new in Android O
Everyone knows Android "O" is new release in mobile operating system.  It was first released as an alpha quality developer preview on March 21, 2017 for Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P, Nexus Playerm Pixel C and Pixel Smartphone devices. Google will release a total of four developer previews, with the second preview coming in May, the third in June, and the fourth in July, with a final, official release scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

The Android O Developer Preview has simplified the way in which custom fonts and icons, a better way to deliver professional-level audio, custom ringtones, alarm sounds, snoozed notification and sounds can be assigned.

In previous versions of stock Android, the process of adding a custom ringtone involved copying files into the dedicated ringtone or alarm folders on your handset — or downloading a third-party app. Neither was a particularly elegant solution and other manufacturers, such as Samsung and Huawei, have long-since provided a more convenient way of doing it.

New Settings app
Android's Settings app has been completely overhauled in the O preview. In addition to a fresh white coat of paint, the slide-out navigation area from Nougat is gone, and a number of settings options have been completely relocated.


Battery App

The Battery settings page has been significantly redesigned as well, with a top-level estimate of your remaining time left, and screen-on time surfaced right on this page, below app power usage. The Advanced Battery Usage page shows less detail than before, though. Wake/sleep information is omitted, with the line graph only showing your past and estimated future battery consumption.

SystemUI Tuner

The SystemUI Tuner — enabled by long-pressing on the cog icon in the notification shade — has grown a bunch of wacky new features in Android O. One popular feature from N and M has been eliminated in the O preview: there's no longer an option to add a tiny percentage readout to your battery icon. But fear not, you can enable a separate battery readout in the status bar customization area.

On the lock screen, SystemUI Tuner lets you customize the two shortcut icons on the left and right sides of the screen (camera and voice search, by default). Options appear to include any activity in an installed app that has its own app shortcut.

Android's navigation bar can now be tweaked through the SystemUI Tuner too. The back, home and recent keys can be bunched up in the middle (compact) or aligned to the left or right — useful for larger devices. And there's the option to add additional keys on the left and right edges as well, with options including clipboard controls and a keyboard switcher.


You can also assign any unicode character to the shortcut key, and change the icon that appears over it.

You'll find all this stuff under System > SystemUI Tuner once you enable it. As is the case with all features in this article — but especially the SystemUI Tuner — Google may well change or remove these features in future developer previews, so enjoy them while they're here.

Source taken from Androidcentral.com

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