Since it has just been released as a beta test, the next version of Google’s Android operating system still doesn’t have a full name and is known as “Android O” for now. What has been confirmed so far are extended battery life and an optimized notification system. But that’s not all. Here we’ve rounded up six upgrades you can expect from Android O.
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This is one of the so-called "fluid experiences" coming to O devices. You'll be able to watch a YouTube or Netflix video in a small window while using another app. The small window can even be used for a video call. Simply swipe it away when you're done.
If an app is trying to get your attention, a dot on the icon will appear. You can pull them down from the top of the screen to view the notification or press down on the app icon to view the notification in place.
Reminiscent of autofill on computers, this feature will be available for apps on O devices. This makes it easier to log in and set up phones and applications since personal information like your name, address, and credit card details will be automatically filled in.
Better copying and pasting
Another component of O device's fluid experience is the enhanced copy-and-paste feature, which will be based on machine learning. You won't have to drag handles to highlight everything you want to copy -- just tap once on names, phone numbers, or addresses and Google will automatically highlight the rest.
This is the group of optimizations that will improve your device's battery life, startup time and performance, stability and security.
Android for the entry level
Normally, the latest operating systems are exclusive to the most powerful phones. However, Google doesn't want to reserve O to state-of-the-art devices. That's why Google developed a variant called Android Go, which aims to provide a seamless Android experience for affordable O phones, including those with fewer components and/or less storage.
Android Go includes a customised set of Google apps that require less memory, storage, and mobile data. Google Play Store will also highlight the apps that will work better on such entry-level phones (regular apps will still be available). The operating system is being designed for O phones with limited memory: anywhere between 512 megabytes and one gigabyte.
The OS will be available this summer. In the meantime, if you want to know more or have any questions about Android O, feel free to contact us today!