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There have been reports that the new Android update-- Oreo-- could be coming to users at this year's Google's annual I/O conference which just two months away.

With that being said, there's a lot of anticipation surrounding what the Android Oreo could bring to the table in terms of new features and the like.

According to 9to5Google some rumored features have been leaked and some of those have been detailed below.

Picture in picture mode: As is already seen on the iPad and some bespoke third-party launchers, as well as Google's own Android TV platform, this would let you have one app (or app function, such as a video player) remain open and on top of another separate app plane.

App icon badges: On oldie that's been knocking around for years on iOS and some third-party launchers, this would bring at-a-glance waiting notification number bubbles to app icons on the homescreen, as a native Android feature.

Restricted background activities: A power saving feature, this would de-prioritise app functions running in the background, going easier on your battery at the possible expense of having to reload some app functionality that would otherwise have been ticking over in the background.

Notifications: A vague suggestion that new notification types could be brought to Android, or that their current way of being displayed would change.

Smart selection: Perhaps the most interesting and potentially useful teased feature, this would integrate with Google Assistant to scan app text, pre-emptively highlighting important information (like phone numbers and addresses) for more easy copy-and-pasting between apps and text entry fields.

Adaptive app icons: As the name suggests, this would let app icons change dynamically on homescreens. As a crude example, think of a calendar app icon that changed to show the appropriate date on a daily basis.

All this comes in addition to new, undisclosed features that will make Android more relevant and attractive to enterprise users. 

Google is yet to confirm any of this, so it's safe to say this should be taken with some Skepticism, but it'll be interesting to see what Google eventually go with.

Till then.






Seems everyone is excited for the new Google update as they have teased about the Android 8.0 which is sure to pack a punch.


When is it coming though? According to rumours, it could be pretty soon. The news making the rounds is that the Android 8.0 OS is expected to be revealed on Google's I/O 2017 developer festival on May 17 to 19.




According to Pocket Lint, the Android 8.0 operating system (OS) is generally rumored to be named as "Android Oreo," which is based on Google's traditional naming system after desserts. 

In case you don't know (or have forgotten *wink*) Google have generally named their operating systems under the desserts such as; Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat.

READ: HANDY HACK TO GET GOOGLE ASSISTANT ON YOUR ANDROID PHONE

So what does the new update feature? Well, according to reports, the Google Android 8.0 OS might feature the "Copy Less" feature. This option improves the process of copying details. Instead of copy and pasting information, users will get the text as a suggestion.


"[If] you and a friend are having a conversation in a chat about where to eat dinner and you find a good restaurant in the Yelp 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," NDTV said in an article.




The other feature which has gotten people excited is an option that first appeared on Apple's iOS. This is the responsive text option which give users the ability to tap on an address, phone number, or date in a message and open the respective apps automatically. Now on the Android Oreo OS, the feature could be released as an updated mode on Google's standard-issue Gboard virtual keyboard app or on the Android software.


Gesture recognition might also make it on the Android O software. Reports suggest that Google might add finger gestures to trigger actions in Android. For instance, users could open a short list of contact just by drawing the letter "C" on the phone's screen.


To be fair, Google hasn't officially announced any of this, so we still have to wait for a bit, but it is hoped that these new features can indeed be implemented.

We'll have more information on the going ons of the new Android update soon enough.
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