5 things you need to know about Android O

Android O is coming and our smartphone is going to get a whole lot smarter!

Android remains one of the most popular and widely used mobile operating systems across the world. It powers over 80 percent smartphones across the globe and works across devices including the smart TVs and cars. After releasing Android Nougat in June last year, tech giant Google is gearing up to launch an upgraded version of Android– Android O.

Google has officially shared the first developer preview of Android O (Oreo, Orange, Oatmeal Cookie or Oregano– we won’t know until the end). Of Course, it’s still in its early stages of development and there is plenty of work to done and features to improve upon, but the game is on. “Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be releasing updated developer previews, and we’ll be doing a deep dive on all things Android at Google I/O in May,” Google’s vice president of engineering, Dave Burke said in a statement.

Google will officially unveil Android O at Google I/O, which in scheduled to take place in May this year. Till Google gives us a sneak peak on the features of the upcoming OS, here are five things that you need to know about Android O:

1) Greater control over notification
Android O will give users greater control over notifications. Android O introduces ‘notification channels’, which are essentially app-defined categories for notification content. The new OS will allow users to manage settings of individual apps instead of managing all apps together.

2) Improved battery life
Battery life is of prime concern to not only the users but also to the developers. And Android O improves the battery life by putting additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, conserving the precious battery life.

3) PIP Mode
Social media is steadily transitioning towards video-heavy content and picture-in-picture mode has become the only solution that would let users play videos in the background while letting them use other apps. Android O is embedding this feature in its platforms allowing all the apps to put themselves in PIP mode.

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4) Animated App icons
While this update is specifically for the developers, but it would make our smartphone screen a whole lot interesting. Android O will get the developers to created animated icons and use them in the launcher, shortcuts, settings and even sharing dialogue boxes.

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5) Greater mobility
Android O not only supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs, making audio a whole lot better but also adds a support for autofill, which would stop repetitive information and provide a secure platform to store all the passwords and user data.