No, we do not yet know what the exact name of Android O. But Google could not help but unveil some exciting new features to come in the next version of its OS.
Google has separated the presentation of the new features of Android O in two parts. One, called Fluid Experiences, will showcase the little changes that will change the lives of users in the coming months and Vitals, to insist on development and security.
Fluid Experiences: Autocomplete in applications, better copying and pasting, and an attractive Picture in Picture mode
Google has introduced four little new features to come in the Android O interface.
• A Picture in Picture mode directly integrated into the launcher.
The multitasking mode of Android is pretty handy. But it does not always make it possible to have information in front of certain applications. Under Android O, it will be possible to “reduce” the size of an application window – much like when you reduce a video at the bottom of the screen in the YouTube app – and put it where We want to see it permanently. Rather practical.
• New notifications with Notification Dots.
If you have an iPhone, you know how convenient it is to have, for example, the number of unread messages that appear permanently on the email application. Google is trying to catch up at this level by now displaying a small dot above the application icon to report an unread notification related to that application. A long press on this point will then display the notification in question.
• A smarter copy and paste.
Copying and pasting on Android is painful. Often, double-click a word and lengthen or collapse the selection window. In Android O, Android will be able to recognize long terms or linked them directly. For example, if you click on an address, it will automatically recognize that it is an address and highlight it entirely and automatically. Bonus: a Google Maps button will appear to see it within the app in question.
• Autocompletion in applications!
On Chrome, some fields to be filled in are self-complete with one click. This is not the case on applications like Twitter, for example, which is not able to recognize an identifier that is used regularly. This will now be the case with Android O. It is assumed that identifiers and passwords will be stored on the user’s Google account.
#AndroidOrings a more fluid experience to your device. Here’s a first look at a few new features coming later this year. # Io17 pic.twitter.com/TwKU0ftZFE
– Android (@Android) May 17, 2017
Vitals: Making safety and optimization more visible to the user
Many users ignore it, but Android regularly scans applications installed on users’ phones to verify that there are no malware. The problem is that this analysis is invisible, which can let the user think that it does not exist and does not control it. Google will then launch a new application, Google Play Protect, which will make it easier to see the status of the scan and the security of the user.
Google has also announced new optimizations to improve the fluidity of its mobile OS. Android O should thus be much more severe with applications that take energy in the background and make applications in use up to twice as fast.
Last point that has greatly pleased developers, Android will support a new programming language: Kotlin.
Exciting news, developers. @Kotlin is officially joining the #Android family. # Io17 pic.twitter.com/Q4CLlWfC3B
– Android (@Android) May 17, 2017
Note that Android O is out of its Developer Preview phase. Since this evening, it is possible to test Android O in beta, at this address. A beta that is addressed only to owners of recent Nexus smartphones and some owners of Google Pixel.