Android O official OTA update will reportedly arrive in August

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New Delhi: in March this year, Google introduced Android O, the next version of its mobile operating system. The company provided more details about the OS’ features last month during its I/O developers’ conference. And even though Google said that Android O will arrive later this year, it seems that the OS will now come in August.

David Ruddock from Android Police website has tweeted that the official OTA for Android O will be hitting in the first two weeks of August. He further says that OTA update will naturally be reaching Pixel and Nexus smartphones first, followed by other handsets. If it’s true, this would mean that Android O will reach eligible devices earlier than the time Android 7.0 Nougat took to reach compatible devices.

Google I/O 2017: 7 new features coming to your smartphone with Android O update

Google I/O 2017: 7 new features coming to your smartphone with Android O update
Picture-in-Picture mode
Notification badges
Smart Text selection
System optimizations
Battery boost
Autofill with Google Chrome
New homescreen for Android TV

Google I/O 2017: 7 new features coming to your smartphone with Android O update

Google’s next big release – Android O beta – has entered Developer Preview 2. The search giant made the announcement at its annual developers conference, Google I/O, in Moutain View, California. Android O succeeds the company’s current-generation mobile OS, Android Nougat. At the event, the company also gave a sneak peek into some of the features coming in Android O, the new Android version arriving later this year. Here are seven new features coming to your Android smartphone with ‘O’ update.

Picture-in-Picture mode

As widely speculated, the new picture-in-picture mode will let users perform two tasks simultaneously on a smartphone or a tablet. They can video call or watch a video and work on a different app in the background at the same time using this mode.

Notification badges

Similar to notifications in Apple iPhones, Android O-powered smartphones too will now show the notification count in top corner of the app icon. This will let users view the count without opening the app. Users will also get the option to turn off the notification badges for apps from the Settings app.

Smart Text selection

Using Google’s advanced machine learning techniques, Android O will bring the ability to select texts, recognise it as an address, email ID or a contact number, and will show related options. Users can long tap on a text inside the address and the OS will automatically select the complete address.

System optimizations

Android O is said to make apps run faster and smoother. The search giant has made changes in its runtime including new optimizations such as concurrent compacting garbage collection, code locality and more.

Battery boost

Android O will bring new limits on background location and Wi-Fi scans, saving more data than ever before. This is expected to increase battery life and free up more RAM in a device.

Autofill with Google Chrome

Chrome’s autofill feature in Android O aims to make it easy to set up a new device and synchronize passwords. However, not all apps will be supported with this feature initially.

New homescreen for Android TV

Google also showcased its Android TV homescreen experience for Android O at the IO 2017 conference. The revamped Android TV homescreen will be arriving later this year along with the Android O. The new homescreen will make it easy to find, preview, and watch content provided by apps.
Google I/O 2017: 7 new features coming to your smartphone with Android O update
Picture-in-Picture mode
Notification badges
Smart Text selection
System optimizations
Battery boost
Autofill with Google Chrome
New homescreen for Android TV

Ruddock didn’t reveal the exact date of the rollout, as it’s subject to change.

 

For those unaware, Android O has been available to test for developers since March. During Google I/O in May, the company rolled out the second public beta preview for Nexus 5X, 6P and Player, as well as Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices.

 

The new OS is said to bring “more fluid experiences” to eligible device, in addition to improvements aimed at enhancing battery life and security.

 

Google also demonstrated Android O’s picture-in-picture mode, which allows users to work simultaneously on different apps in the background. There’s also a ‘Smart Text Selection’ feature that lets users copy and paste addresses, email IDs and contact numbers easily.

 

With Android O, Google is planning to reduce device start up times and app launch times better. The company has still not revealed which OS version number Android O will carry. The official name of the OS hasn’t been revealed either.

ANIL MINZ

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