New features about Android O

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Android “O” review and specs:

Google has launched the next Android version of its operating system in the form of Android “O”. Android Oreo is the official name of the next version of Google’s mega-popular mobile operating system set to release soon. Android 8.0 Oreo follows Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and it continues Google’s tradition of alphabetically naming its version updates after desserts. It’s the second version of Android to use a brand name. The last was Android Kit Kat in 2013.

New Notification:

In notification, which you access by swiping down from the home screen, now shows the date on the bottom, and the Settings gear icon has also moved to the same lower pane. At the very bottom are the Quick Settings edit icons, user icon, and access to the Settings app. Expand the notification drawer and you’ll notice the display brightness slider is now at the top, with the Quick Settings tiles below. Persistent notifications, like for apps running in the background, it will appear in more condensed notification cards, which you can expand for more information. Multiple notifications from the same app will still be bundled together as in Nougat, and Quick Reply for supported apps is still on board. For fans of Google Play Music, the media controls in the notification shade will now adopt the color palette of the album artwork, and this will be reflected in the lock screen background as well.

Streamlined Settings

There’s no slide out menu for navigation anymore, just 13 Settings categories. At the top, you’ll see a blue-colored drop down for ongoing functions, such as if your Do not disturb or Night Light is on. There are several new design changes across the Settings menu, with less dividers and better use of white space. Overall, the Settings menu is well-designed and looks more professional than ever before.

Picture-in-picture mode, Auto fill, and Smart Text Selection

Picture-in-picture mode:

It lets you continue watching a YouTube video or a video call when you exit the app. The video now acts like a floating pop-up over the home screen or other app you’re using, allowing you to multitask. Tapping on the pop-up allows you to either expand it again, or use some playback controls.

Auto fill

Every time you log into a new app, or add your address or credentials, Google will ask if you want it to remember the information. If you allow it, the next time you try to log in, it will automatically fill out the form. It’s far easier than remembering and typing out your username and password, and it’s a welcome addition into Android.

Smart Text Selection

When you highlight a phone number, for example, you’ll get the option to jump into the dialer app immediately. The same is true for when you highlight an address automatically you can jump into Google Maps and the address will already be inputted.

Vitals

Vital is a new initiative to focus on security, system stability, boot time, and battery life. Vital will keeps your battery life safe. Find My Device is available here, and it’s essentially a rebranded Android Device Manager that lets you remotely lock and erase your phone if it’s lost. For your phone’s security there’s Google Play Protect. Even installing apps from outside the Play Store is now a little more secure. If you head over to Settings > Security & Location > Google Play Protect, Google will tell you when it last checked your app and device for “harmful behavior.” You need to toggle which apps are allowed to download apps from “Unknown Sources.”

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