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Google finally ended our suffering (or at least a part of it) and launched a developers-only preview version of Android O, version 8.0 of its mobile operating system, yesterday.





So with that being said lets see what was added to the new update.


To get Android O all you need to do is download it. Note that the version available for download requires you to flash your device, deleting all of the content on it currently. 

Also to be noted is that this is an early version that's far from final, so according to Google, "there are more features coming, and there's plenty of stabilization and performance work ahead of us."

New Features

Better battery life 


Giving devices longer battery life is the goal of Background Limits, the top-billed feature in the release notes for the developer preview of Android O. To accomplish that, Google is "adding automatic limits on what apps can do in the background," which it started work on in Android N, version 7.

Among other things, the new background limits will put caps on the amount of background services and location updates that can be performed in a specific amount of time. By organizing and limiting these actions, Google's hoping your apps won't be able to do too much damage to your battery when you're not using them.

Improved notifications


Android O will also introduce Notification Channels, which will categorize notifications into channels. This way, users can block or change kinds of notifications in group, rather than muting all the things an individual app is trying to communicate.
Android's new copy feature


Android O's plans to allow you to let Android take the wheel when it comes to typing and stuff. Google's already revealed that this new version will include Autofill APIs, which allow users to select autofill apps, "similar to the way they select a keyboard app." Autofill apps can store and secure user data including addresses, usernames and passwords.



Gesture-based actions

Also rumoured is that Google's developed a feature that lets gestures trigger actions in Android. According to a report featured on Venture Beat, a user could draw the letter C onscreen could bring up a list of your recent contacts.


As for when the Android O will be available to everyone, we can expect May's Google I/O developer conference to feature a deeper dive into the update. Google I/O kicks off on May 17.






Android 8.0 is coming, that much's for sure and while the 7.0 Nougat is just about 5 months, we still expect the new update soon. 


Reports indicate that Google will unveil the next Android version (8.0) at I/O 2017 on May 17. Expected to be called Android O, a recent report suggests that the new operating system could include three new smart features.


The first of these 3 is what's called the ‘Copy Less’ feature which could help you save some stress when copy pasting. What this feature is expected to do is get your Android to detect relevant information that the user might want to copy. So say you and a friend are discussing where to have dinner and you find somewhere good
 in an app, when you go back to your conversation and type “it’s at,” one automatically generated suggestion in Gboard would be the restaurant’s address.” This, of course, reduces the whole thing of copy and pasting relevant info.


READ: HOW TO GET INSTANT APPS WORKING ON YOUR ANDROID

The second feature is one that's already in use with Apple’s iOS. The iPhone messaging app automatically detects an address from a message, and tapping on it launches the Maps app to point you to the location. While the feature isn’t available on Android at present, it could debut with Android O.

The last but by no means the least will reportedly bring finger gesture features to the Android from inception. Manufacturers like Huawei, LG and others have added gesture features where drawing ‘C’ opens the camera app, ‘M’ opens the music app and so on. The same is also available on custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, Cyanogen OS, OxygenOS and more. Now, this could soon come as a part of the Android OS. 


So May is like a couple of months away, we'll probably know more as time goes on, but it's difficult not to get excited.
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