Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Raspberry Pi leads changes in Google's latest Android Things

Raspberry Pi leads changes in Google's latest Android Things

That date could be August 21 according to two well-placed sources in the Android community. Since 2008 when Android was first launched, it became a tradition for major software updates to be initially released on Google-manufactured phones, especially the Nexus line.

Android Things was previously based on Nougat, but Google is now updating the Internet of Things platform to O ahead of the official release. Most recent reports suggest that Google developers are now gearing up for the possible launch next week. Android O, back at Google I/O this year. At the event, the company also gave a sneak peek into some of the features coming in Android O, the new Android version arriving later this year.

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Google Android O brings with it features like like improved battery performance, picture-in-picture option for apps like YouTube, Google Duo, as well as improved notifications channels. As noted by Google, the latest version is created to work on recent Nexus and Pixel devices running Android 7.1.1 and above. On the features end, Android O is expected to be rolled out with more refined UI experience with a plethora of new features and superior battery optimization.

Google is also looking to support scalable production ready hardware, while still allowing developers to play with prototype boards as well.

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In addition to the double tap to zoom feature, the camera app is also adding another feature which should be useful to users - the ability to switch between the photo and video modes using a dedicated button. The developer preview version lets them complete their app development and testing on time using final system behavior, latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final application planning interface or APIs.

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