19 May 2017
Update : May 18th, 2017
The OTA images (build OPP2.170420.017) are rolling out now for those that registered to the Beta Program of Android O.
Original Post (May 17th, 2017)
First off, Google talked about the Picture-in-Picture feature that was first showcased during the developer's preview.
At the Google I/O, Android O is introduced with two main categories - Fluid experiences and Vitals. The latter one takes care of the features which play a vital role for the users like battery life, security, performance, and more. Well, we believe at least now battery life will be improved better than the Nougat.
First off, Android O brings Fluid Experiences, Vitals. The Fluid Experiences include Picture-in-picture, Notification Dots, Autofill with Google, and Smart Text Selection.
The Picture-in-Picture or simply PIP brings seamless multi-tasking and that too on any screen sizes. It lets you manage two things simultaneously. For instance, if you're video chatting with your friend and want to check the calendar at the same time, PIP will help you out here.
With the help of the Notification Dots, users can now view notifications by long pressing an app’s icon. It tells the users about new notifications. It's a little circle that sits at the corner of the app letting users know that a new note is tied up with the app.
Next up is Autofill, as the name implies, it works similar to what desktop-based browsers do.
Next, we have, Smart Text Selection, that takes advantage of machine learning. In Android O, Google applies on-device machine-learning copy/paste, to let Android recognize entities like addresses, URLs, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
And, Vitals, as we said earlier, takes care of the important things, though everything is important, but these features are closely related to Android O. It focuses on increasing the battery life and securing devices from various threats. Vitals, is basically a new project available for Play that helps developers spot issues with apps that can potentially impact phone security, battery life, and more.
Google at their I/O Developer's conference not only introduced new tools to help developers understand power, performance, and reliability issues in their apps but also discussed some of their work they have done so far.
Also, Google has released the second developer preview of Android O and the next version of Android is now officially in beta. With this added stability, Pixel and Nexus owners can now sign-up for the Android Beta Program.
To sign-up for the Android Beta Program, you need to have either Pixel or a Nexus device and wait for the OTA update notification. The only supported devices right now are the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL.