Android O wants to solve the biggest problems in Google’s mobile operating system
By BreakingFlow / May 22, 2017, 4:22pm EDT
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The next version of Android is making a good impression with the new features and fixes that will include later this year. The name of this new version is currently Android O and it’s beta its already available in the Android beta program page.
Improvements can be classified in two sections, first is hardware, where we could expect increased battery life, Google’s is calling it “vitals” a focus to help developers spot issues in their apps that can impact phone security and other resources of the smartphone, and on the side of the customer this feature will be called Google Play Protect.
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This function paired with OS optimizations will limit the activity of apps running in the background, optimizing location updates and background services, which should help your phone last longer. Also, in the demo units (Google Pixel) at Google I/O 2017 the phones booted up in half the time compared to the previous version of android.
The second section of improvements can be classified as software, with a streamlined Settings menu (very similar to the iPhone’s), redesigned notifications now showing a little color matched dot in the app icon (from iPhone iOS too). Other visual feature is Picture-in-Picture where you can pop a Youtube video into a small window that remains in the screen while you are using other apps, but this requires a Youtube Red subscription.
In a post from the Android Developers Blog Google revealed Project Treble, that represents the biggest change to the low-level system architecture of Android to date.” and gives hope that it will “make it easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android.” Google also announced that will continue to make their apps modular so this also can help to expedite Android updates from other mobile manufacturers.
I think that these are solid steps in the optimization of Android to have a faster phone and retain customers in the platform.
You can watch the entire Google I/O 2017 keynote here: