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Google Set Sights On Better Battery Life With Android O

With Nougat receiving a warm welcome from vendors and consumers alike, Google have already begun to gear up on the next major iteration of their Android mobile OS.

Tentatively titling the new update Android O, Google have released an early version of the new OS to developers in order for them to get a feel for what’s coming and learn how to best make use of the potential Android O will offer.

Specifically, Google have highlighted improvements in battery life and notification as their focus this time around by imposing new limitations on what apps can and can’t do while running in the background.

Android’s VP of engineering Dave Burke says “we’ve put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.”

“These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them,” he says.

The update will also bring with it new adaptive icons and better support for displays with wider color gamut capabilities.

You can read more on the Android Developers Blog.

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