The new Android OS is likely to be launched later this year in September.
The latest Android OS distribution numbers are here, and while it’s been a little over five months since Google rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat, its market share stands at minuscule 2.4 percent. Despite the slow adoption rate, Google is reportedly gearing up to unveil the next Android version (8.0) at I/O 2017 on May 17. Expected to be called Android O, a recent report suggests that the new operating system could include three new smart features.
Google’s senior VP of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play, Hiroshi Lockheimer, recently tweeted a GIF animation suggesting that the next version may be called Android Oreo. And while it will be uncharacteristic of Google to spoil the name of next Android version, a report on VentureBeat, suggests that Google could roll out the Developer Preview version sometime this fall. The publication has also shared information about three new features that are likely headed to the new operating system.
The first feature is called ‘Copy Less’ which could help you save some stress when copy pasting. With this feature, your Android phone will reportedly get the ability to detect relevant information you may want to copy from the source when you are sending an e-mail or text. The publication illustrated giving an example, “[If] you and a friend are having a conversation in a chat about where to eat dinner and you find a good restaurant in the Yelp app, when you go back to your conversation and type “it’s at,” one automatically generated suggestion in Gboard would be the restaurant’s address.” So, the task of copy pasting everything and then deleting irrelevant sections of text could be easily minimized.
The second feature could be borrowed from Apple’s iOS. The iPhone messaging app automatically detects an address from a message, and tapping on it launches the Maps app to point you to the location. While the feature isn’t available on Android at present, it could debut with Android O. ALSO READ: Google Allo first impressions: It is all about the smarts
Lastly, finger gesture features could be baked right into the new Android OS. Manufacturers like Huawei, LG and others have added gesture features where drawing ‘C’ opens the camera app, ‘M’ opens the music app and so on. The same is also available on custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, Cyanogen OS, OxygenOS and more. Now, this could soon come as a part of the Android OS.
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