Google today celebrated the Google I/O, its conference for developers in which annually highlight the new features of its software, and today we have officially unveiled the public beta of Android O. Last March was unveiled The Developers Preview, which has been taking iterations over the past two months, culminating in the final beta version of today.
As expected, Google announced the beta version of Android O for all users who have the latest mobile phones from Google. In particular, there are six devices that can officially enjoy the beta of Android O: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. These devices will be able to update to the official OTA from their mobile, and you can know more information in this link.
One of the most important new features that will include Android O will be the inclusion of Project Treble. This project, announced last week, will look for software updates to get mobile faster. This is very important in an operating system that, as announced by Sundar Pichai, has already reached 2 billion devices.
Currently, upgrades come first to chip makers such as Qualcomm or Mediatek, which make changes to the operating system to work with their hardware. Subsequently, these versions are sent to mobile manufacturers, such as Samsung or LG. This is the reason why the updates take so long to arrive.
With Project Treble, this will change, as the framework will be available separately and manufacturers will be able to have direct access to specific parts of the hardware from Android O, so that they do not have to go through the chip makers, and that the upgrade Whether from Google to mobile manufacturers directly.
Android O will include:
- PiP mode similar to that found on YouTube, but for the whole system. It also works with apps like Duo or Netflix, you can watch video or make a video call while talking about other apps on the system.
- Notifications Dots, which will add a small notification bubble in an application, which with a long press will show the notification without having to open the app.
- Self-locking of passwords in applications, similar to what we found in Chrome.
- Intelligent text selection with machine learning: double-tap selects the name and the system detects the most relevant content, such as the name of a trade or an address.
- Security enhancements: In addition to scanning 50 billion apps to test your security, Google introduces Google Play Protect to better analyze installed apps.
- Optimization of the operating system: the operating system, in addition to loading twice as fast, applications are increasingly optimized to be faster.
- Smart battery limits for background applications and services, such as location.
- Developer tools such as Play Console Dashboards to collect data on application problems and identify them more easily.
In addition, Android will add Kotlin as the official programming language for the operating system, along with Java and C ++.