Google is reported to officially release the name for its next Android O update on August 21. The company is reported to announce the name of its next-generation operating system on the occasion of the solar eclipse.
According to a tweet by David Ruddock of Android Police, which reads, “According to one source whose information I cannot verify, Android O will receive a name on the day of the solar eclipse (August 21st).” Interestingly, another known tipster Evan Blass has revealed that Google is planning to release the name of the update “most likely on the 21st itself.”
Google has already rolled out the fourth and final developer preview of the Android O update. Users can apply for Android O Beta Program, however, one needs to have eligible Pixel and Nexus devices including Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL. Devices that you opt-in to the programme will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to the latest beta version of Android O.
To recall some key features of the latest Android O, it can be broadly classified into two categories namely ‘fluid experiences’ and ‘Android vitals’. The fluid experience caters to all the interesting features, which include the much-awaited picture-in-picture mode through which one can manage two tasks simultaneously. So, for example, one can minimise a YouTube video while sending a text message or writing an email.
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Under interesting feature is the Notification dots, which are basically tiny chat heads for notifications. The user can long-tap on a Notification Dot and it will preview the notification, and one can swipe to dismiss, drag down to see the full notification or tap to open the app. The dots will extract the colour from the icon, making it easier to distinguish between different notifications.
Other than this, there is smart text selection, which uses machine learning to copy/paste, to let Android recognise entities like addresses, URLs, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Then there is Autofill with Google that simplifies setting up a new device and synchronising passwords by bringing Chrome’s Autofill feature to Android.