Oreo is coming to Android Put on — finally.
Google has introduced a really restricted beta program for Android Put on, permitting its flagship smartwatch, the LG Watch Sport, to check out some upcoming options based mostly on Android eight.zero Oreo.
At present, we’re launching the beta of the subsequent Android Put on replace. As we talked about at Google I/O, this can primarily be a technical improve to API 26 with enhancements to background limits and notification channels.
The replace is just not important from a client perspective at this level, because it would not change the Android Put on 2.zero consumer interface that began rolling out earlier this 12 months. As an alternative, it updates the core AW code to Oreo, giving it entry to 2 necessary options cellphone customers have been having fun with for a while: notification channels, and background limits.
The previous lets apps on the watch comply with the identical guidelines as apps on the cellphone; should you restrict a specific app from sending particular notifications, that conduct can be imitated on the watch.
For notifications generated regionally by Android Put on apps, customers will be capable of customise the notifications channel they wish to see, proper on their watch.
On condition that Android Put on is turning into extra phone-independent, notification channels will possible profit those that depend on apps that generate their very own notifications fairly than simply forwarding them from the cellphone.
Background limits are battery-saving properties that ought to lengthen the battery lifetime of some watches.
There are elevated restrictions on background companies. Builders ought to assume companies can not run within the background with out a seen notification. As well as, the background location replace frequency can be diminished. Battery-saving greatest practices akin to utilizing JobScheduler needs to be adopted to make sure your app is battery-efficient and in a position to carry out background duties when doable.
There is no phrase on when Google will make the Android Put on beta program out there to extra watches, but it surely’s good to see the corporate sticking with its improvement path nonetheless. You’ll be able to join the beta when you have the LG Watch Sport.