New Developer Features in Android O

By Michelle Russell
21 Aug '17

Android O is Google’s newest and highly anticipated OS expected to release at the end of this month. Android describes this system as “the next version of Android, with new power and performance optimizations and many new ways to extend your apps.” Android O brings exciting features such as: notification channels, PiP mode, auto fill, adaptive icons, notifications, and more.


It is important to upgrade your Android app with every OS update to provide the best possible experience for your app users. OS development for Android devices and tablets should always be done by a knowledgeable and efficient team of developers to ensure success for your business.



The Features

Notification Channels

Android O introduces notification channels to provide one unified system to help users manage their notifications easily. Developers can also create a notification channel for each distinct type of notification you need to send, or to reflect the choices made by users of your app.    



Picture-In-Picture or PiP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. This feature allows users to multitask easily by for example scrolling through their Facebook feed while video calling a friend. Developers should make sure that your app does not pause playback in its handler for users.



Users can now save time when filling out forms by using autofill in their devices. “Android O makes filling forms, such as account and credit card forms, easier with the introduction of the Autofill Framework.” The Autofill framework manages the communication between your app and the autofill service for ease of use.  


Adaptive Icons

Android O brings adaptive launcher icons, which can display a variety of shapes across different device models. Each device OEM provides a mask, which the system then uses to render all icons with the same shape. Developers can use this feature to customize their app’s icon across different devices and tablets.


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