Android O Developer Preview 2 has brought with it more news than we would have thought at the beginning.
Various things, including those announced on the Google I / O stage, are already available.
And as if that were not enough, there are other interesting changes.
Android News Developer Preview 2
Android O Developer Preview 2 leaves the initial stage, finally giving the launcher its settings, separated from those of the Google app.
You can also change the shape of the icons by choosing between square, rounded rect, circle and cylinder;
Unfortunately, however, these changes are not applied to all icons. About icons, there are dot notifications, that is, the “interactive balls” that appear at the top right of the app icon in case of unread notifications.
The launcher shortcut menu has also changed, which now has an option to add app widgets or to go to its information page.
Quick settings have been redesigned, with shortcuts for settings and multi-account.
System settings have also various restyling, and now more colorful.
By digging into the settings then, you can find voices for app and picture-in-picture autofill.
The latter works much better than before, even with some bugs.
It’s just a pity that we cannot resize the small window and that at this time only YouTube seems to work properly (which is then one of the apps where it makes more sense to exist).
You can also see the new emojis, while there is no option to download new fonts.
However, in the display settings, there is a curious item called device theme.
At the moment it is useless, but we could interpret it as the signal of a greater personalization coming in, directly at the system level.
There are other several geatures, including “Background Limit”, which promises to solve the battery drain problem caused by apps.
And in general Android O promises so much more speed, but we can only check it out with time and maybe with more definitive releases of this one, which is just the first beta (the DP1 is an alpha).
Download Android O Developer Preview 2
Android O Developer Preview 2 is available simply by subscribing to the beta program.
After a few minutes you will be logged on, your Nexus / Pixel will upgrade to Android O, downloading approximately 900 MB of upgrades. This is the simplest and most secure method to try DP2, but Google has also made available the factory image for manual installation.
You can find them at this link for the following devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player.