Ahead Of Mid-Year Launch, Android O Leaks Hint At ‘Improved Notifications’ & Adaptive Icons
Google’s upcoming operating system, Android O, may just have been leaked during the development stage, giving us our first look at the upcoming features we might soon see.
According to a 9to5Google report citing unnamed sources, Android will have “improved notifications”, though there are still no details on the nature of that redesign. Speculation is that the change is purely aesthetic, in the way that happened with Nougat.
Another supposed change is icon badges for apps, that would reflect your notifications. This way, just looking at the icons on your home screen would tell you how many notifications an app has. Similarly the calendar app will also now accurately reflect the current date in its icon. Both these features are something that’s been present in various Android mods used by other smartphone companies, as well as iOS, so it’s been a long time coming for stock Android.
Another big incoming feature is expected to be a new picture in picture mode, that lets you float smaller app windows over another app you’re working in. This is a feature already available on the Android TV and Android tablets, so picture in picture for large display smartphones is welcome. In addition, Android O is also reportedly getting a “smart selection text floating toolbar with Assistant integration”. Similar to the feature leaked last month, this appears to automatically copy relevant information from apps and then surface it where it believes you might need to paste.
Another new possibility comes from the newly released Chrome version 57 browser, which limits the average CPU load to 1 percent while running in the background if it’s already stressed. Aside from the obvious benefit, this would also help Google further optimize battery life.
Expected launch of Android O
If Google stays true to its traditional timeline, we should see the developer release of the new Android O at the next I/O event, with the final version launching with the Pixel 2 line later this year, somewhere reportedly around May or June. As for whether the Android O translates to ‘Oreo’, probably not. Instead of the brand name Nutella, which Google’s senior VP repeatedly teased on Twitter as a red herring, we got Nougat. So your guess is as good as ours at this point.
Source : indiatimes