All you need to know about Android O

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Earlier this week, Google unveiled the next version of its mobile operating system, dubbed Android O.

While Google has released a beta of Android O, the tech giant is still adding the finishing touches prior to its official release.

Android O is tipped to bring a whole new functionality to Android devices, the most popular mobile platform in the world.

Android Oreo?

No one knows what it will be called when it is officially launched but Oreo seems to be the favourite at the moment, following on from other sweet names such as KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.

Speaking at Google I/O 2017, Dave Burke, Android vice-president said the new OS would be released “later this summer.”

Big improvement on battery life

Battery life has been a problem for mobile devices for a while and this is something that Google is looking to address.

The new OS will automatically limit the amount of apps that run in the background, choosing instead to focus on specific tasks such as location updates.

The move should help your battery last longer.

Notifications

If you are tired of getting notifications from apps you will be able to snooze them or prioritise certain notifications over others.

Notifications can also be grouped by channel allowing you to bundle some alerts together.

Android O will also display a dot on the icon of the app to show you have a notification, which may look similar to the feature on iOS.

Picture-in-picture

Picture-in-picture mode will prove popular with YouTube and Netflix fans. You will be able continue watching clips whilst using other apps and the video will continue playing on top of apps such as Gmail and Maps.

Copyless paste

There will also be a feature known as ‘Copyless’ pasting that allows the OS to guess what you want to copy in one app and make it available in another.

Google are also working on improving the audio as well as more design changes such as different shapes for icons.

Android O is expected to be launched on the upcoming Google Pixel 2 that is due to be available in October this year.

Pixel and Nexus-branded devices will get updates first before it is gradually made available for Samsung, HTC and LG handsets.

Android Go

While Android O will be earmarked for the latest and most powerful handsets, Google will also release a variant called Android Go, specifically designed for users with lower spec or older devices.

Android Go will include special versions of Google’s own apps that use less memory, require less storage space and which don’t eat up as much mobile data.

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