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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.






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.

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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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