Google is expected to announce the new version of Android i.e. Android O and it is expected to be called Oreo. It looks like the new version of Android will come with a couple of new features which might come in handy. Yes, we are still quite far from the official launch but the rumors have started rolling out early. According to the rumors, the new version of Android will bring a handful of new features like a revamped notification, picture-in-picture mode, smart text selection, etc.
Below are some of the new features planned:
- Changes to notifications
- App icon badges for notifications
- Picture-in-picture mode
- Smart text selection toolbar with Assistant integration
- Restricted background app activity
- Adaptive icons
- MediaRecorder API improvements
1. Changes to notifications
Talking about these new features, we don’t have much info about each one of them, but what we have is a couple of interesting details which are good for starters. As far as the revamped notification is concerned, it is expected that there will be some design changes on the table. The notification design was changed with Android Nougat and it looks like more changes are on the way. It has also been reported that most of the changes from ‘Andromeda’, which Google was working on will be ported here into the main Android product. If that is something to go by, then we are surely in for a lot of design changes.
2. App icon badges for notifications
Another change which is expected to hit is app icon badges for active notifications. This is something that has been there in most of the OS and in fact, it is also there in most of the third-party OS based on Android. Having this built right into the Android OS is definitely a great thing to have. This feature, although is not been a deal breaker, will show you how many pending notifications you have for a particular app. And the next feature is expected to be the picture-in-picture.
3. Picture-in-picture mode
If you are able to recall, last year, the company added this picture-in-picture to the Android TV with the Nougat update and now it looks like we will be getting this on mobile OS as well. Considering the fact that Google is planning to launch a Plus size smartphone soon, this could be a great addition. This will work great on tablets too, but hey, who uses a tablet these days anyway, right?
4. Smart text selection toolbar with Assistant integration
And moving on to other rumors, we have smart text selection as well. In case if you have been following the news, then you already know that we had reported about a feature called ‘copy less‘ which will automatically suggest you text to paste instead of writing the whole thing again. This new rumor has now put more light on this and it does look like we will be getting the feature after all. It looks like we will be getting a floating toolbar with Assistant integration.
5. Adaptive icons
Another feature which is expected to make a debut is adaptive icons. What we mean by adaptive icons is that the app icons will be able to show real-time data. For instance, the clock app icon will show the time real-time and even the calendar will show the date in real-time. This feature will be baked right into the main build of the next version of Android. Also, there are tons of other new addition which are expected to make a debut with the new version of Android.
6. MediaRecorder API improvements
The MediaRecorder API is what allows apps to capture audio and video, and it's rumored to be getting better in Android O.
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