The next version of Android is supposed to have better battery life

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Today the Android team shared the first developer preview for the next version of the Android operating system. For Nearby and all of the other shortcuts though a quick tap on the arrow next to the weather shortcut will take users to the page with all shortcuts, and they're categorized in groups so it's easier to find exactly what it is that you're looking for. You also need to be using one of a few supported devices, which are the Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL. Burke said a new function in Android O allows the operating system to limit what sorts of things applications can do in the background, resulting in battery life savings for the end user.

To try to improve how long a phone stays alive, Android O will automatically limit what an app can do when it is open in the background. "Picture in Picture (PIP) display is now available on phones and tablets, so users can continue watching a video while they're answering a chat or hailing a vehicle", reads an excerpt from Burke's blog post. With this, developers will now be able to launch an activity on a remote display. As per the report, Android O will significantly change the layout of notifications, app icon badge and introduce several new features to enhance the overall user experience. This allows users to have a granular control on each channel.

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The following videos from 9to5Google, Android Central, and Droid-Life will show you what Android O looks like right now, and explain how some of the features listed above work.

Adaptive icons that can change shapes depending on the device (circle vs squircle, for instance), and even support visual effects for Android animations. With wide colour gamut (WCG) support, the smartphones will see apps more colours and expressions. Google has tried to put in some new features along with some necessary optimizations. The display icons of the device are also going to get a new look with the installation of the new software update. The changes affect its iOS and Android apps and Google.com on the mobile web. If you've ever used wireless headphones to watch videos on your Android phone, only to realize the audio is out of sync with the picture, you'll know wireless audio still has a ways to go. You can download the file for your supported device from the Google Developer's site here.

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