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Google Trying to Accomplish Battery Improvements with Android O

Google has released its new offering in Android, Android O' for the second time in the year. The next version of Android is set to intensify Google’s push to create apps that have minimal impact on a user's device and battery. Developers will be the first ones to use Android O and are expected to come up with a mandate on Google’s strategy in a short time. The tech giant is yet to provide details about what new features the update will bring to Android, but has hinted that the software will focus on improving battery life and the device's interactive performance. Android O will only be made available to regular users after a series of try outs and testing.

Google aims to address the broad issues of battery life by making efforts to limit what apps can do in the background. David Burke, Android VP of engineering said, “We've put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.”

'Today, I'm excited to share a first developer preview of the next version of the OS: Android O,' David Burke, VP of engineering for Android, wrote in a blog post. 'Over the course of the next several months, we'll be releasing updated developer previews, and we'll be doing a deep dive on all things Android at Google I/O in May.'

Google is known for naming its software in alphabetical order and after sweet treats. Keeping up with the tradition, it would be interesting to see what the letter O signifies– some users have already started taking wild guesses to call it 'Oreo', 'Oh Henry ' or 'Orange Julius'. However, this is another detail Android has left out of the announcement. What the firm has revealed seems to be more important – some the software's features.

'Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user's battery life and the device's interactive performance,' Burke explained. 'To make this possible, we've put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates.'

The full-proof version of the software will be released by Google in the next coming months. Of course, the current version of Android needs improvements to its battery life, but how far this new initiative will be successful is for everyone to see.