After an almost unbearable period of time, the consumer version of the Android O has finally arrived and we can finally check out some of its most interesting features. Android O’s (or Oreo, since the developers settled with this version) most obvious change is the one regarding the interface support.
However, the Android TV community won’t be enjoying the update too soon, as the developers aren’t really eager to apply the new changes instantly. But there are some features that definitely deserve the waiting.
Channels on Android TV
Now this is Android TV innovation. The installed apps become channels. In spite of the fact that this is pretty interesting idea, the Channel’s support is very limited. If we exclude the pre-installed Google apps, such as Youtube, Movies and Music, what’s left is almost nothing. (HBO Go and that is pretty much it because Netflix will probably join the Android TV much later).
Another awesome feature that has only been announced is the video preview. One can highlight a certain thumbnail and the user will see the preview.
The Favorites section is definitely one helpful feature for the users. It has also been improved as it helps you access the apps you’re using very often. The button is right before your eyes, on the upper side of the home screen and by using it, instead of searching the app, it will save up precious time.
The down sight is the fact that being focused on the Channels, the developers limited the access for apps. But there is also a bright side; apparently, Google didn’t forget to do something for the apps and it is now possible to access the apps form anywhere within the improved interface only by long pressing on a certain app. Too bad this feature isn’t available on the Android Oreo.
But even though there aren’t many changes you can enjoy, the Android team promises a lot more once the next features will be available.