Android 7.1 Developer Preview angekündigt

Wie Google aktuell verkündet, wird man in Kürze die Android 7.1 Developer Preview veröffentlichen. Nach der Vorstellung der Pixel-Smartphones war dies zu erwarten.

Android 7.1 basiert natürlich auf 7.0 und bringt daher bereits alle bekannten Funktionen des Systems mit. Zusätzlich wird es die Unterstützung für zum Beispiel Daydream VR oder App-Shortcuts geben. Die Developer Preview dient in erster Linie dazu, Entwicklern die Möglichkeit zu geben, ihre Apps an die neue Android-Version anzupassen.

Google arbeitet nach eigenen Angaben bereits eng mit Hardwareherstellern zusammen, um 7.1 verfügbar zu machen. Das sollte man allerdings nicht all zu ernst nehmen, denn das wird bei jeder größeren Android-Ausgabe gesagt. Wieviele Geräte am Ende wirklich damit versorgt werden, bleibt abzuwarten.

Die Android 7.1 Developer Preview soll noch im Oktober zur Verfügung stehen. Auch über das Android-Beta-Programm.

Later this month we’ll be bringing you the Android 7.1 platform as an open Developer Preview, similar to what we did for Android 7.0. You’ll be able to test and build on the new platform and try the latest features.

As always, we’ll deliver the Developer Preview through the Android Beta program, which makes it incredibly easy to participate.

Android 7.1 delivers the productivity, security, and performance of Android 7.0, along with a variety of optimizations and bug fixes, features, and new APIs (API level 25).

For developers, Android 7.1 adds new capabilities to help you drive engagement in your app and deliver an improved user experience, such as:

  • App shortcuts API — lets you surface key actions directly in the launcher and take your users deep into your app instantly. You can create up to 5 shortcuts, either statically or dynamically.
  • Circular app icons support — lets you provide great-looking rounded icon resources that match the look of Pixel and other launchers.
  • Enhanced live wallpaper metadata — lets you provide metadata about your live wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpapers as a preview. You can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information.

Android 7.1 also adds these much-requested developer features to the platform:

  • Image keyboard support — expands the types of content that users can enter from their keyboards, letting them express themselves through custom stickers, animated gifs, and more. Apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user. For broad compatibility, this API will also be available in the support library.
  • Storage manager Intent — lets an app take the user directly to a new Settings screen to clear unused files and free up storage space on the device.

For carriers and calling apps, the platform includes new APIs to support multi-endpoint calling and new telephony configuration options.

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