Android O Top Features
- What’s new in Android O
Android devices are about to learn some new tricks. Google has just released what it’s calling the final developer preview of Android O, a major update to its mobile OS. That means we’re not that far from a final release for Android O. (And maybe we’ll learn what the O finally stands for — Oreo? Oatmeal Cookie? Oregano?)
Since the first previews of Android O came out, we’ve gotten a pretty good look at what to expect from the updated OS. The update starts with better battery life and increased performance and will also include new security measures, easier text selection and a picture-in-picture feature for improved multitasking. Here’s what Android O will do for you when it arrives later this summer.
- Better battery life with Vitals
Once Android O hits your phone, expect improved battery life, thanks to Google’s Vitals initiative. Google’s adding what it calls “wise limits” to create automatic caps for what apps can do in the background. These limits will curtail excessive use of background services and location updates, so your apps won’t be able to do too much damage to your battery when you’re not using them.
- Notification Dots
Android O allows users to see notifications they’ve missed without pulling down the drop-down menu from the top of your screen. Apps with missed notifications will sport a badge that draws its color from the apps icon, so you can quickly scan your home screen to check out the state of affairs. (iOS users are familiar with this, with the red badges on their app icons.) A long-press on an app with a Notification Dot will open a menu (that looks like 3D Touch) of those missed notifications.
- Speedier performance
The Vitals project driving Android O development will also bring more speed and greater performance to Android devices. At the Google I/O 2017 developers conference in May, Android product manager Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson explained that the company has seen its Pixel handsets boot twice as fast, with similar gains in the Google Sheets app.
- Picture-in-Picture video
You’ll be able to take that YouTube video or your video call as you switch from app to app, as Android O will offer picture-in-picture (PiP) support throughout the OS. We weren’t able to test out this feature in the Android O preview build for developers, but Google announced it at May’s I/O 2017 keynote. iOS users already enjoy picture-in-picture support, but only on the iPad. This feature will be all over Android devices when Android O arrives, and users will activate it by simply hitting the home button while watching a video. PiP videos can be dismissed by simply swiping the clip away.
- Auto-enable Wi-Fi
A clever, new feature will automatically turn your phone’s Wi-Fi back on based on your location. This way, your phone can connect to your home network when you arrive, saving you from any fiddling with the device.
To enable this feature, go to Network and Internet > WiFi > WiFi Preferences. Then toggle on the setting. Your phone will then use its location knowledge to reconnect to networks like your home Wi-fi. It’s a clever way to save on data usage and use the phone’s internal smarts without flipping the Wi-Fi on and off.
- Pinned shortcuts and widgets
Android O takes the ability to customize your home screen even further with pinned shortcuts and widgets. When you long press an app icon, you’ll see distinct buttons that each have a description about what those shortcuts will do when pegged to your home screen. Touch and hold one of them and drag them to an open spot on the home screen. Now, you’ll be able to directly launch that action. In our example, we’ve added a shortcut to the “I’m Feeling Lucky” function of Google Play Music.
- Android O will fill in the gaps
If you use a password manager, Android O’s autofill capability will greatly simplify your life. The new autofill feature allows developers to create services that can directly input information into forms. While some had found a workaround for this in Nougat, the process for Android O is simpler and should enable more third-party apps to participate. Companies like LastPass have already detailed how they will support this feature.
- Smart Text Selection saves you time
One of the more annoying parts of using a smart phone is fidgeting on your screen with your fingers to select a specific amount of text. Android O’s Smart Text Selection makes it easy to pull out addresses, business names and other selections by automatically selecting the entire amount of text by tapping on it. Android will use machine learning to power this feature, but Google executives promised your text will stay on your device and not get sent to the cloud.
- Higher quality sound
Not only is Android getting better sound quality for Bluetooth users, the mobile OS should offer better sound across the board. Android O’s new Audio technology is designed specifically for apps that require “high-performance, low-latency audio,” according to Google, which put an early version of the API into the developer preview to get feedback.
- Better Settings screen
With Android O, Google has further cleaned up the Settings menu to make it easier to discover the different sections. Gone is the slide-out menu in Android Nougat, which was helpful but also needlessly lengthy. Categories like Display, Sound and Storage make the organizational system easier to navigate. And just as before, you can touch the spyglass icon to search for the section that you need. Much of the layout is cleaner and makes the overall menu quicker to peruse.
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