MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—We’re stay at Google I/O, the place Android O’s second developer preview arrived with virtually no new introduced options. This was largely an under-the-hood replace for the developer preview, and it is apparently steady sufficient to be declared a “beta” now. In phrases of user-facing options, although, there’s not quite a bit to speak about.
One huge shock was the whole overhaul of Android’s emoji. Nearly each emoji has been redrawn in a brand new model, and the entire yellow “blob” face designs are gone. The new emoji all get higher 3D shading and usually find yourself with a design quite a bit nearer to what you’d get on iOS. We have dutifully chronicled each new emoji within the gallery above.
Google has additionally made life just a little simpler in terms of updating with new emoji. Previously, emoji had been constructed into the OS, so any modifications required a full OS replace. With Android O, the corporate introduced a brand new “EmojiCompat” help library for apps. App builders that use the library can show the most recent emoji of their app, no matter what model of Android the app has because the host OS—no less than, so long as that OS is Android four.four or newer.
The EmojiCompat library runs on the brand new font extensibility system launched in O and backported to older variations of Android by way of the help library (one other replace patching library builders can embrace of their apps). The documentation would not make clear if customers will have the ability to kind the brand new emoji—it largely talks about displaying them—however it looks as if a keyboard may very well be up to date with the library, too. With the extensible font system, there now appears to be an apparent path to out-of-cycle emoji updates.
One or two user-facing components appear to have modified in O preview 2. The notification panel has gone from being a darkish shade to a light-weight one, and it has lastly gotten the structure (which was a multitude within the first preview) beneath management.
The new white shade is fairly ugly, however like the brand new, all-white settings design, it appears to be like like Google is transferring AOSP to a extra “generic” unthemed design. The white is there as a “blank slate” for OEMs, Google included, to customise. I actually doubt a shade scheme like this might ship to Pixel when O is ultimate. Pixel telephones on Android O actually have a new “theme” choice, which appears to be constructing towards a themeable Android.
You may long-press on an app within the Pixel Launcher to entry that app’s widgets.
Other than that, there’s not quite a bit right here. Android O is simply the AOSP components of Android, and until Google has some huge surprises in retailer for us, it appears to be like prefer it has the fundamentals of O roughly nailed down. We’re nonetheless due for a ton of Google-specific modifications, however these should wait till launch.
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