Google re­leases An­droid 8.0 Oreo with new de­vel­oper tweaks

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Google has re­leased An­droid 8.0 Oreo as the next it­er­a­tion of its open source mo­bile plat­form. The latest up­date has a list of tweaks for de­vel­op­ers to let them build an en­hanced user ex­pe­ri­ence.

“In An­droid 8.0 Oreo, we fo­cused on cre­at­ing fluid ex­pe­ri­ences that make An­droid even more pow­er­ful and easy to use,” said An­droid’s VP of en­gi­neer­ing, Dave Burke in a blog post.

An­droid 8.0 is a re­sult of months of test­ing by de­vel­op­ers and early adopters who in­stalled and tested its pre­view build on their de­vices. Also, it is de­signed to make the An­droid ecosys­tem more com­pet­i­tive with Ap­ple’s iOS.

An­droid 8.0 Oreo comes with the pic­ture-in-pic­ture mode that en­ables de­vel­op­ers to pro­vide an ad­vanced multi-task­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on their apps. The fea­ture was orig­i­nally avail­able on An­droid TV but is now on mo­bile de­vices, en­abling users to si­mul­ta­ne­ously run two apps on the screen. Google has added a new ob­ject to en­able the pic­turein-pic­ture mode. The ob­ject, called Pic­tureInPic­tureParams, spec­i­fies prop­er­ties such as the ac­tive app’s pre­ferred as­pect ra­tio.

An­droid Oreo fea­tures other con­sis­tent no­ti­fi­ca­tions too. There are changes such as no­ti­fi­ca­tion chan­nels, dots and time­out. You just need to use a spe­cific method to make no­ti­fi­ca­tions through your apps bet­ter on An­droid 8.0. Google has also added fea­tures such as down­load­able fonts, and adap­tive icons to upgrade the in­ter­face of ex­ist­ing apps. Like­wise, the plat­form has We­bView APIs and sup­port for

Java 8 lan­guage fea­tures. There are also the ICU4J An­droid Frame­work APIs that re­duce the APK foot­print of third­party apps by not com­pil­ing the ICU4J li­braries in the app pack­age.

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