Android users are getting a host of improved functionalities with Android O. If you are not caught up with the fundamental features that the update is bringing to the table, Android Authority has uploaded a first-look video that I think you should watch. It has been a month since that preview, and now we have the beta for the eighth version of Android.
Here are some of the highlights.
Android O brings a new generation of emoji. Gone are the blob-shaped aliens that I personally have grown to love. Check them out below.
On top of the split-screen functionality, Android O is adding another multitasking feature to the mix. Picture-on-picture minimizes an app into a block moveable to any part of the screen. This is especially helpful if you are watching a tutorial on YouTube and wanting to take notes using a separate app.
This feature has been on Apple’s roster many iterations ago, but it’s great that Android is jumping in. The dots also give you the ability to dismiss the notification specific to the app. This means if you have notifications in the center, they will be automatically be dismissed when you tick them off from the dots. Which brings me…
Notification Center + Settings UI
In this beta, the notification center gets a fresh coat of paint. It now sports a more monochromatic look, now rocking a clean, minimalistic grey background versus the previous iteration deep black. Also, the Settings page has now been re-organized.
Better Selecting with Google’s Machine Learning
Google’s technology has grown sophisticated enough to know what is an address and will no longer require you to tap once and then make your selection. Pretty neat.
Google is promising a faster and a more optimized version of Android with O. The pitch is an operating system that’s twice as fast, and this Android will achieve by optimizing its resources more smartly.