Android O Everything you need to know about the next version of Google's mobile OS

David Burke, VP of Android Engineering listed some key features that will be available on the next Android OS. Here is all you need to know about Android O.

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At its annual I/O Developer Conference which held yesterday in Mountain View, California, USA, Google announced the newest features that will be coming to Android O, the next version of its Android mobile operating system.

Google also showed off new features in Android O, the new version of Android coming this fall. It's not a major update, but there are some new things worth highlighting. For example, you can now use picture-in-picture video, so you can watch video or video chat while doing other stuff on your phone. play

Google also showed off new features in Android O, the new version of Android coming this fall. It's not a major update, but there are some new things worth highlighting. For example, you can now use picture-in-picture video, so you can watch video or video chat while doing other stuff on your phone.

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David Burke, VP of Android Engineering, listed some key features that will be available on the next Android OS. Here is all you need to know about Android O: 

  • It will support picture-in-picture for apps, which means you will be able to watch a video while you do other things on your phone. This can be useful in several situations like if you are watching a tutorial, for example, and you need to take notes. 

  • Notifications are getting an update as well. Instead of opening an app, Instagram for example, to see who tagged you in a picture, you can just long press on the app-icon to display the notification above the app icon.

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  • There is a new feature called notification dots that shows you a notification awaits you in the form of a subtle circle that appears on the top-right of the app icon. 

  • Autofill has a new update as well. You will now be able to use Android’s autofill features within apps as opposed to just within Chrome currently. That means when you download a new app, you will not need manually enter your details again or to open a new account.

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  • Text selection will get smarter. It will now be able to pick out things like addresses and business names, as well as suggest appropriate apps for the text you have selected. For example, if you select an address, it will suggest opening Maps in addition to the usual copy/paste options. 

Consumers all over the world will have to wait until later in the year to get Android O, but it is already available to developers. 

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