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Google releases Android 8.0 Oreo with new developer tweaks


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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