What is Android “O”?
Android Nougat is no longer the latest system for Android phones from Google. They have developed a new version of Android named “O”. It has been released for testing purposes for developers. The Android 8 is not a big upgrade over the Android 7. However, Google has made plenty of changes and improvements to enhance user experience.
Some of the improved features of the Android 8 are:
- Enhanced customized notifications
- Various keyboard features
- Better adaptive icons
- Improved cache managing
- Plenty of new gestures
- Control over background applications
What are the Features in the Android O?
Android 8 offers a lot of new features for a smartphone, take look at the main features of Android 8.
Picture in Picture Mode
The new Android brings a new mode Picture in Picture. It enables several applications to play in the picture in picture mode when minimized. The 3rd party apps will be able to gain benefit from this.
Smart Text Selection
The Android O brings the feature of Smart Selection that allows you to select the text easily. You will have to double tap the text you want to select. You can select texts such as Address, Name or Phone number.
Everyone is aware of the Auto-fill feature in Chrome Browser. This feature automatically fills the information if you have saved them previously. The Android O and other 3rd party apps can take advantage of this function by bringing this to phones you will have a better experience.
Limited Background Activities
This is a power-saving function. It de-prioritizes app functions that are running in the background. With this version, your battery can last for longer periods. The improvements in Doze function, you can use your smartphone for more hours.
There has been an upgrade in the app badges. So, when there will be a notification, an icon will show a small dot. This will inform you about the new notification.
Adaptive App Icons
Google has formed a strict design guideline that eth developers must follow. This will help them in forming a unified style across apps. Moreover, these apps will be animated based on the user interaction.
In the latest version of Android, Google has made some changes to the emoji. They replaced the gumdrop emoji from an older version of Android. They have even made the face icons rounder. Some new emoji include:
- Throwing up
- Giraffe and much more.
What Will the O Stand for?
Google has been naming the various versions of Android based on desserts. It is expected that this version would be named Oreo. In the latest beta of the Android O, Google added an Easter egg with an image of an octopus. Now, no one has an idea what will the name of the Android 8 be and what O stands for but was sure it’s going to be a tasty dessert or candy themed name.
When Will it be Released?
Though the Android O has only been released for testing purposes, it is anticipated that it will be fully released in August. The Company at its I/O mentioned that it will be available later this summer. So far no release date has been finalized yet.
What Phone Will we see it on First?
The first phones to receive this upgrade will be the next generation Pixel phones. It is expected that Google Pixel 2 will be the first smartphone on which Android O will debut. Other Android phone companies that will receive this upgrade include:
Therefore, the Android O is a better version for smartphones. The user-facing notification and permission management are better than before. What do you think about the Android O?
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