After years of hard work and months of testing, finally, on August 21, 2017, Google officially launched and introduced to the world Android 8.0 Oreo. The faster and the powerful version ever introduces users to tons of great features such as autofill, picture-in-picture, Google Play Protect, integrated Instant Apps, faster boot time, and much more.
Power Saving & Quicker Boot Time – Oreo has subjected background activities to limitations in the form of location updates, implicit broadcasts, and background services. This, in turn, will minimize energy consumption, increase the battery life of the mobile device along with efficient performance.
Background Service limitations and Broadcast limitations are the two types of limitations introduced.
If multiple apps are registered for many broadcasts, the event that triggers a broadcast in those apps receive and consume resources which ultimately results in poor user experience. Apps that target Android 8.0 or higher can no longer register broadcast receivers for implicit broadcasts in their manifest. However, the manifest can be used to register explicit broadcasts.
Picture – In – Picture Mode – The picture-in-picture (PIP) mode is a feature that many of us have been waiting for ages now. It is one of the biggest and awesome features offered in Android as it enables users to manage two tasks simultaneously regardless the screen size.
With this feature, multitasking is no more impossible. It allows the user to watch video on the small screen while other apps will occupy full screen thus enabling the user to perform other operations.
The activity entering PIP mode goes into the paused state but remains started. However, the users will have to abide by one rule prior using the same. In order to use this, video apps must be updated. For YouTube, a user has to subscribe YouTube Red or Google Play Music to use new PIP mode. If the activity is currently in PIP mode, the settings are updated. If not, the configuration has to be done.
Notifications – In Android 8.0 Oreo (Android O), notifications have been redesigned so that the user can easily and consistently manage notification behavior and settings. The changes are as follows:
Other changes include snoozing, notification timeout, notification dismissal, changing the background colors, and messaging style.
Autofill Framework – Autofill framework simplifies the work of users when they set up a new device and synchronize their passwords. Apps that require account creation, login, and credit card transactions are not only time consuming but are also prone to errors. Android 8.0 (API level 26) makes filling out forms, such as login and credit card forms, easier with the introduction of the Autofill Framework.
Autofill will roll out fully over the next few weeks as part of an update to Google Play Services.
WE MAKE SURE YOUR APPS ARE READY
Ever since Android 8.0 has been introduced, we, at Source Soft Solutions, make sure to test the apps of our existing customers so that they offer the best experience to the users upgrading to Android Oreo. Same is the case with new customers.
All the apps thus designed run and look great & are user-friendly that can adapt easily to the behavioral changes introduced after the launch of Android Oreo 8.0. In particular, our team of Android app developers pays attention to background location limits, notification channels, and changes in networking, security, and identifiers.
Once all the above-enlisted issues have been resolved, we publish your app updates or the newly created app on Google Play in all the three channels i.e., alpha, beta, or production, so that they’re available once the users start using Android 8.0 Oreo.
Our Android app developers also make sure that your updated app runs well on Android Oreo as well as older versions. Before finally rolling it out on the grand stage, we make it live on Google Play’s beta testing feature to get early feedback from a small group of users.
We’re looking forward to seeing your app soar high with Android O!