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Posted March 24, 2017

Known as "Android O", the new software will prioritise improving your phone's battery life as well as general performance.

At this stage it is possible to run the developer version on the Nexus 5X, 6P, Nexus Players, Pixel C and the two Pixel phones Google released past year.

In addition to battery life, Android O is expected to have simplified app notification settings and the ability to allow picture-in-picture display, so users can do things like respond to texts while watching videos in YouTube without having to close the video window.

Android O's new notifications are said to be displayed across various devices owned by the user.

As of now this is only a guess that Google might be bringing forward the support for more themes with the gen-next Android OS. You can download the file for your supported device from the Google Developer's site here. The Android parent has taken a different route when it comes to naming products in comparison with the likes of Samsung and Apple.

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The update is seeding to all eligible devices that have signed up for the Android Beta program, but if you are looking to manually update to this latest build, you'll have to wait until the system image page gets updated. For example, Android O can group all notifications from a single user from, say, a chat app into a channel, which sounds like it'll be way tidier. This makes it easier for users to find information quickly and to discover new content, which could help to improve mobile engagement.

Just like past year with Android N, the Android O developer preview has been released early. The interface of the launcher works just like on the phones and features the swipe-up style app drawer and the weather/date widget on the top of the screen. In-fact, to recall, the company had rolled out the first beta build for Android 7.1.2 in January itself.

The next major improvement in Android O noted by sources is the revamped app icon badge that will display active notifications.

With some of the more behind-the-scenes applications, we have better font resources and adaptive icons for themes, wide-gamut color support for apps. Videos and pictures will also get sharper and crisper.

Google just launched a new beta update today, Android 7.1.2 beta 2, for Pixel and Nexus handsets.