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New Android O Preview Reveals Chrome Uses Adaptive Icons

Although it feels like it was only yesterday when Android version 7.0 Nougat started being rolled out OTA by Google to smartphones and tablets from across the world, it’s no secret that the next version is being developed right as we speak under codename Android O. If the rumors are true, this name could potentially stand for Android 8.0 Oreo.

New Developer Preview

It seems that now we’ve gotten yet another taste of what Android O will look like, and this sneaky little developer preview also comes with implications as far as another beloved mobile app is concerned. We’re talking about Google Chrome, of course. If you use Chrome on your Android device, then you might already know that you can add home screen icons to your favorite webpages, which makes it really convenient to visit them anytime you want.

Well, the new Android O will come with a little feature called Adaptive Icons, and Chrome for Android seems to be taking full advantage of that already! On Android Nougat and lower, the webpage icon that is displayed on your home screen is just whatever icon that that particular website has. However, with the new feature brought along by Android O, the icons will match your phone’s icon mask. So, if your device has circular or square icon masks the website icons will mimic that.

This can also be inconvenient because we don’t know if it’s optimized for any type of icon. Thus, icons that have transparent backgrounds might work out just fine on this feature, but those that implement their own background might not. In any case, we’ll have to wait for Android O to be released to the wide public before elaborating on this assumption. Meanwhile, we’re always excited to see new features being teased by Google in developer previews.

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