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News and Rumours about Android O: Name, Release Date, and Features

After releasing its latest version Android Nougat, Google has done it again. We are now looking for the next latest version, that is, Android O this year. Read on to get more information on what you know about Android O by far:

What will be the name of the next Android OS?

Google has always named the updates of its Android OS after sweet treats and definitely in alphabetical order. So, after getting Android A to N, now we are looking for a sweet treat start with O in 2017. However, there are many suggestions like Orange, Oreo, Oatcake etc. Even it could surprise us with something like OMG.

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Recently, as per Hiroshi Lockheimer’s tweet, Android Oreo is considered as the most preferred.

What is the release date of Android O?

Google has surprised us with the Developer Preview in March 2017. So, we are expecting this OS to be launched in May 2017 in next Google I/O conference.

What are new features expected to be seen in Android O?

With the launch of the Android O Developer Preview, some new features have been confirmed.

Notifications:

We will see user-customisable notification channels in Android O. Users can snooze notifications, can adjust the background colours of notifications and the style of messaging.

Background limits:

In this Android O, Google enhances the capacity of restricting some app activities in the background by placing the priority on maximising battery life with no user-input.

Enhanced Autofill system:

Users will require choosing this service and then they will find it simpler to fill in log-in as well as credit-card data forms with little mistakes and much less repetition.

Enhanced keyboard control:

Android O will not be restricted to smartphones, thus there will be enhanced tab and arrow key navigation for while utilised with a physical keyboard.

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Picture-in-picture mode:

This feature is mostly utilised for video playback.

Connectivity improvements:

WiFi Aware will enable apps and all nearby devices to discover as well as communicate over WiFi with no internet access point. You will also find enhanced Bluetooth assistance for high-quality audio via Sony LDAC codec and new ways for third-party calling applications for working with one another and with the special features of your network operator.

Adaptive icons:

Icons will assist visual effects and can be displayed in different shapes on various devices.

Better handling of cached data:

All apps will have the storage space quota for cached data and the system can free up disk space by deleting data from apps whenever it needs.

Other features:

  •  Multi-display support
  •  New enterprise features
  •  Copy less
  •  Opening addresses in Google Maps
  •  Enhanced gestures