Everything New About Android From Google I/O

Everything New About Android From Google I/O

Everything New About Android From Google I/O

Today at the annual Google I / O developer conference, we learn all the updates coming to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, called Android O for now, at least until its official release later this year. This is the eighth version of the operating system (Android 8.0), and although we have seen some of the additions in the developer preview that was launched in March, there are a lot of new products that Google highlighted in the program. So, without further ado, here are all the new updates coming to Android.

Anxious fans will be happy to know that the beta of Android O is being made publicly available for download today. The compilation is still unstable since it is not an official version, so we recommend not install it on your main device if you decide to start testing it immediately.

Most updates that come to Android involve small adjustments to the operating system that make it work better and easier to control. One of the easiest places to see these changes is in the completely revised Configuration application. The new version of Android has fewer top-level options (which makes it easier to navigate) and slightly tweaked interfaces for things like battery usage. This should help to combat the criticism that Android has too many menus and is difficult to navigate.

One of the other important updates is the addition of Picture to Picture Mode (PIP). The new PIP mode allows users to keep watching a video in the corner of the screen while running another application. Thus, for example,

View a YouTube video while writing an email, sending a text message or taking notes. The feature works similarly to Samsung’s multi-window support on newer Galaxy devices, but the Google version also allows users to resize the window as they would on a regular desktop computer.

Android Or also makes notifications much better. This starts with notification points that are displayed as a small dot in an application icon as alerts in. The nice thing about these new notifications is that you can press a notification point and see the right alert from the home screen. In fact, you do not have to start the application or display the notifications menu from the top of the screen.
In addition to the points, Android O adds notification channels that facilitate the classification of notifications of a specific type. For example, you can set up a channel to receive technology news notifications only, so you will not be bombarded with political news throughout the day. Or, you can group all your Gmail notifications so that the lock screen does not skip with every little message you receive.

Android security enhancements

Google’s director of product management at Android, Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, said during the keynote that Google is already using machine learning to scan over a billion devices daily and more than 50 billion apps every day to prevent the spread of malware. Google Play Protect is basically a way to show phone owners how the operating system is keeping their device safe.

Android Go for cheap phones

Google is launching “Android Go” to make it easier for manufacturers to build cheaper phones for emerging markets like India, Brazil, and Indonesia. The experience is essentially a few different optimizations that ship with any Android O devices with 1 GB or less of memory.

First, Google will make the latest version of its operating system, Android O, work on phones with lower specs. This means the company will cut away some of the more demanding processes and animations.

Google’s brain is getting way smarter

Technically, Google’s brain is not part of Android specifically, but will dramatically affect the way we use our Android devices, so it feels good to include here. One of the biggest announcements at this year’s conference is the announcement that Google Assistant, Siri’s artificially intelligent competitor, is finally coming to the iPhone. The application is free to download from today and integrates with other Google services like Calendar and YouTube. It is also receiving a number of new enhancements.

 

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