Google has just released a developer preview of Android O. We still don’t know what the O stands for, but have a good idea of what are the features being pushed via the new operating system. Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering, says it is still early days and there is still plenty of performance and stabilisation work that needs to be done on the OS.
Here is a look at the new Android O features
Google seems to be going for the biggest pain point in smartphones as the one thing it wants to solve first. So Andorid O will come with additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, thus saving battery life even more.
The new notification channels feature gives users control over a certain type of notification which they can block or snooze in one go. You will no longer have to manage all the notifications as if they were the same.
Google is making autofill easier by adding platform support for such apps. So once you select which autofill app you want to use, it will be able to fill passwords and other details for you across the OS making life much easier.
There will be picture-in-picture support for apps across the OS, so you will be able to minimize the video if you have to do something else. Developers can even specify the aspect ration and set custom interactions on the reduced window.
For those who love wireless audio, Android O will bring in high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as LDAC codec. Plus there is AAudio, a new native API for apps which need high-performance, low-latency audio.
The Android O Developer Preview includes an updated SDK which can be tested on the Android Emulator as well as on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. There’s also an emulator on testing Android Wear 2.0 on Android O.
Search engine giant Google, in collaboration with General Mobile (GM), has launched the feature-rich Android One GM 6 series at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
The highlight of the GM 6 is its security feature. It is the first-ever Android One series to house the fingerprint-sensor security. It is said to come with a response time of 0.2 second and a low false-rejection ratio. The GM 6’s bio-metric scanner is placed on the front-panel’s physical home button, unlike in the Google’s Pixel phone models, where it is found on the back, just below the camera module.
With the incorporation of the fingerprint sensor, GM 6 will have two layers of security — the other being the pattern/four digit pincode.
Model Google GM 6 Android One
Display 5.0-inch HD (720x1280p) IPS screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 shield
Pixel density: 294 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Processor 1.5GHz MediaTek (MT6737T) quad-core CPU
Storage 32GB, expandable up to 128GB
Main: 13MP camera with dual-tone LED flash, autofocus
Front: 8MP camera with dedicated selfie-flash
Add-ons Fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and a Micro-USB port
Colours Gold/Rose Gold/Space Grey
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A thin frame around a display with rounded corners, wireless charging, a dual-camera setup and a water resistant body.
Sound familiar? No, it’s not the rumored iPhone 8. It’s LG’s newest flagship phone.
LG unveiled the G6 at Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona on Sunday. It will likely be one of the more buzzed-about products at the trade show, partly because the company crammed a 5.7-inch display into a body that’s significantly smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, which packs a 5.5-inch display.
The G6 is a stark contrast with last year’s more experimental attempt, which let you swap out the bottom chin for different pieces such as a special stereo and a better grip for the camera. Consumers soundly rejected the G5’s modular concept, sending LG to back to the drawing board for its latest phone.
This year’s back-to-basics approach is free of gimmicks and may end up resonating with consumers more. That would be good news for LG, which will need all the help it can get in 2017. Once a top phone maker, the company has watched several Chinese rivals zoom past it. Last month, it posted an operating loss of 258 billion Korean won, or roughly $220 million, partly due to weak sales of the G5 and marketing expenses for its V20 phone.
LG has always been a not-so-fast follower, often trailing behind Samsung when it comes to the latest trends. Indeed, the metal-and-glass construction of the phone is eerily similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7. But by coming out ahead of both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8, LG hopes to get a jump on the wider trend of fitting a larger display into a smaller body.
“The LG G6 will set the tone for all others to follow,” said Wayne Lam, an analyst at research firm IHS. “The idea of fitting a big screen in a not-so-big phone is critically important if we are to address the topic of ergonomics and immersiveness of the visual user experience.”
Phones — particularly premium flagship models — often take more than a year to develop. When you see a phone launch, often the successor model for the following year is already in development.
But the G5’s failure put LG in a difficult position. It wasn’t until the phone hit stores in April and the company got a chance to gauge the reaction that it made the decision to scrap the modular gimmick. That left it with less time to develop and build the G6.
While the G6 seems to feature many of the rumored additions to next iPhone, LG denies that those rumors had an impact on what went into its flagship phone. The device was in development before speculation of an edge-to-edge display started to heat up in the fall.
“We had to finalize the specs way before those rumors became available in the market,” said Ian Hwang, the LG product director in charge of the G6.
Ultimately, what drove the design of the G6 was the acknowledgement that consumers did, indeed, want a water-resistant phone. For years, Sony had put out water-resistant phones, but didn’t get much attention. But then Samsung introduced the feature in the Galaxy S5 in 2014, and Apple added it to the iPhone 7 last year. LG couldn’t ignore that trend.
The addition of wireless charging — which is only coming to the US — was driven by the need to soften the blow of taking away the option to remove and swap out the battery.
“We pack everything we can to make it a premium smartphone,” Hwang said. “We reflect what people really want.”
Does it matter?
By targeting some of the rumored key features of its flagship rivals, LG hopes to plant an early flag in the ground when it comes to the premium phone market.
“The G6 is a truly thoughtful design,” Lam said.
The question is whether consumers will entertain a third option for a premium phone, with Apple and Samsung dominating sales.
The LG G6 in all its tall statuesque glory
Phone enthusiasts have expressed disappointment that the G6 would run on Qualcomm’s older Snapdragon 821 chip — essentially last year’s high-end processor. LG has s
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