Android O new operating system
Google’s latest operating system is Android O, set to debut on the new Google Pixel 2. In fact, the newest update will be available to more devices than ever before, thanks to an initiative called ‘Project Treble’.
Android O features
Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
As already seen on the iOS 9, one app or background is displayed in full at the same time as one or more other apps are displayed in set windows. This will make multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and offer you a more relaxed experience.
Restricted background activities
After releasing ‘Doze mode’ in Android Nougat 7.0, Google has optimised power consumption further by restricting background activities. The feature de-prioritizes app functions running in the background to ensure your battery lasts. Combined with updates to Doze, it’s likely Android O could keep your phone running for a few extra hours each day.
Faster boot times
Google has unveiled that Android O will offer a boot time twice as fast as previous versions. And it’s not just the operating system that becomes faster to load up, but the apps on your phone can start running faster, too.
Contextual press-to-hold options
In an e-mail trying to copy an address so that you can paste it into Google Maps? By using machine learning, Android O can recognize which app is best for the string of characters you’re working with. Another example included being able to highlight a phone number and pop right into the dialer.
Notification dots & new emojis
Android O will offer at-a-glance notification bubble to app icons on the homescreen. However, unfortunately unlike iOS, you won’t be able to see how many notifications you have for each app. But the new fairy, mermaid and wizard emojis may make up for that.