Android O still does not have an official name, nor an officially released date, but the public beta program is already accepting interested parties. So by expanding the preview beyond the developers, it’s time for Google to announce what we’ll see again in the next version of its operating system.
Below, you can see a video with a summary of the main points. Soon after, a more explanatory text.
— Android (@Android) May 17, 2017
New emojis design
Emoji on Android will no longer look like jelly. All will be redrawn, and the faces will become complete circles, changing the format they have today, a “flat ball.”
Picture in picture
The user will also be able to minimize some apps and keep a little screen with the content of the application in question in a corner of the display while performing other tasks. This will be done by touching the Home button, returning to the home screen. Apps like YouTube, Netflix, Google Maps and “many others” will already have support for the feature.
This is a point that will stay in the app within the launcher, announcing that there are notifications for that application. The user can see this notification by tapping and holding the icon, without having to open the app.
Smart Text Selection
Android will also try to help the user select the text, as well as try to detect if it is a name or an address to provide interactions as needed.
Google Play Protect, which we’ve talked about in more detail, will also be available on Android O. In addition, the company ensures that the boot time on Pixel devices will drop by half with Android O and that there are improvements in “Smart limits” for background apps.