Android O may feature picture-in-picture mode, improved notifications, and more

By Shrey Pacheco | Updated 8 May 2017
Android O may feature picture-in-picture mode, improved notifications, and more
  • The next version of the OS may also feature something called smart text selection floating toolbar with Assistant integration, which is tipped to make copying text easier by automating user actions

The next version of Google’s mobile OS, Android O, may be a few months away, but a report by 9to5Google shed some light on some of the features that we may get to see. As per the report, Android O might come with a new picture-in-picture mode as well as other additions such smart text selection floating toolbar with Assistant integration, improved notifications, and more.

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According to the report, the picture-in-picture (PiP) mode will allow users to play a video in a small window in the corner of the screen, while letting the user get on with other work on the rest of the screen. As for the ‘smart text selection floating toolbar with Assistant integration,' the report notes that it could be related to the ‘copy less’ feature that was leaked earlier this month. This is tipped to make copying text from one app to another easier by using Google’s machine learning algorithms and predictive analysis to automate user actions. 

Andoid O is also come with new notifications, which could allow for syncing across different devices. The feature was earlier tipped to be a part of Andromeda, which is reportedly the name for the merger between Android and Chrome OS. It is said that it will make use of the Google account to link multiple devices and send out notifications to all. Other things that we may see in the new version include app icon badges, restriction of background activities, adaptive apps, improvements to MediaRecorder API, and other additions aimed at enterprises.

The official name of Android O is not yet known, but Hiroshi Lockheimer, the Senior Vice President of Android hinted on Twitter that Google might call it Android Oreo. However, this should be taken with a pinch of salt as last year, he hinted that Android N was going to be named after Nutella.

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Shrey Pacheco
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