Here Is What To Expect From Android O

Out of all announcements from Google at its developer conference, we were most interested to hear more about Google's upcoming mobile operating system. Android O is the codename of the next version that will come with various new features as well as some key performance improvements.

Let's start with performance. Android's Vitals - security, stability, and battery life, will all gain improvements with the new version. Updates under the hood will speed up booting time and application performance. Not all apps will see big improvements, but Google mentioned that we'll see an 119% speed improvement in Google Sheets thanks to the tweaks in the OS code. There are also stricter boundaries to what resources apps can use in the background, which will improve the battery life.

There is a new, very detailed Developer Tool that will make it easier for developers to find what's causing battery drain, app instability, and slow UI. It breaks down network, memory and CPU processes in Android Studio. Google also improved the security with the Google Play Protect, a new feature that is embedded in the Play Store and allows you to manually scan apps for potential issues.

In terms of user interface changes, expect to see some changes to the Settings app, which will have fewer top-level options for easier navigation. Notifications are also improved with the new Notifications Dots app. These new small dots will appear on launcher icons on the home screen when you have a notification. If you long-press them, you can see the notification without having to open the app and the dots will respond to the color of the app icon as well. For other UI changes, we'll have to wait for new beta releases.

Regarding the features, one of the key new additions is the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. The long-awaited feature will allow users to minimize the active app, for example a video in the corner of the screen, while simultaneously running another app. The next big feature is smart text selection, where Android will figure out exactly what you want to copy by using machine learning. Next, Android O includes Autofill, a feature that has been available in Chrome for a while and that allows you to quickly type information like addresses, phone numbers, passwords and more.

There are tons of other improvements and we can't wait to see what the final version will bring to the table.