Google introduced the next version of its operating system, Android O, which will arrive as an update in the future. Android O is, for the moment, the official name of this version, but it is expected that during the Google I/O 2017 conference the company will reveal more details and, shortly afterwards, will grant its launching name, which could be Android Oreo or Android 8.0, or another combination.
Google begins to unveil what will be the next version of Android, the operating system that works on more than 80% of the worldwide mobile. In a limited way you can try out a preliminary version on some of their phones, the Nexus from 5X and Pixel from last year. At the moment, “O” is only available for developers to become familiar with and create applications that are ready when the upgrade is enabled, something that would happen just after September if the Google custom is maintained. Some characteristic details have already begun to spread, and there will be even more data when the next Google I/O, the annual developer conference, is held in mid-May.
Offering the new Android system O
- Better performance: Google promises that the batteries of the next Android will last longer, which they think to achieve by limiting the action of applications running in the background. No updates or GPS access to apps we’re not using.
- Keyboard Shortcuts: thinking about users using tablets with external physical keyboards, Android will enable keyboard shortcuts for certain preconfigured functions, allowing you to optimize the time.
- Better managed notifications: notifications can be grouped by type to focus on what really matters at any given time. You can also mute, postpone, and hide, and so on. What they are looking for, apparently, is to avoid distractions and optimize productive time.
- Customizable icons: the icons displayed on the home screen may change shape according to the taste of the users. This option also opens the limits for developers of each brand’s operating systems to have more leeway in design.
- Floating video: it is a function similar to what in television sets is known as picture in picture, which allows to continue playing a video in a small window while it is opened, or another video, or a document or a web page, for example. It is a feature already present on Android TV and on some Samsung smartphones, but will now be a core of the new operating system. Surely it will be welcomed by those who insist on playing music on YouTube, for example, as they can now do so while reading an e-book or chatting on WhatsApp.
- Quick Settings: Android O does not drastically change the design of the quick settings but does improve them. For example, the settings that allow you to open a menu directly on that panel now have a line in the middle to differentiate them. However, if you select the text, it opens that menu with more details, but if you select the icon only activate or deactivate that setting.
- Connectivity and sound quality: Android O brings the compatibility of high-quality sound codecs via Bluetooth and Sony has enabled its LDAC codec to be part of this new Android.
Also, Android O adds new Wi-Fi features, such as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN). This allows devices with the necessary hardware and apps to meet and communicate with other nearby devices to communicate over Wi-Fi without having an Internet connection. On the other hand, AAudio is a new API designed for applications that need high quality and low delay sound, looking to offer better sound performance in applications that may require it.