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Final version of Android O’s developer preview now available

By Liu Hongzuo - on 25 Jul 2017, 12:22pm

Final version of Android O’s developer preview now available

The official launch of Android O draws nearer as Google releases the fourth and last developer preview for the mobile operating system that will succeed Android 7.0 OS (Nougat).

Over at Android’s official blog, app developers and phone enthusiasts can grab Android O Developer Preview 4 to test their products. This final opportunity helps developers to ensure that their apps can smoothly work themselves into the Android O ecosystem before it’s released into the wild. Android estimates its new OS’s launch to be “later this summer” (Q3 2017, because it’s technically always summer in Singapore).

In this update, Developer Preview 4 will feature the latest bug fixes and optimizations, on top of the final APIs that were already present since the previous developer preview. This update will also see version 26 of the Android Support Library collection. According to Ars Technica, these libraries are for developers to add into their products, so that the apps they make are compatible with the latest Android features.

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Android O features include Notification Channels, Notification Badges, the ability to pin Shortcuts and Widgets, Picture-in-Picture mode, the AutoFill framework, and more.

Source: Ars Technica, Google (via Android blog)

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