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Android O new features overview: picture-in-picture, notification dots, better copy-paste and more


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Found a great summary on reddit
1. Android O features – Fluid Experiences, Vitals
2. Fluid Experiences – Picture-in-Picture, you’re on a Duo call or watching YouTube, and when you press home it minimizes the video. Looks like a simpler way to do multiwindow. Chrome’s autofill is coming to most apps, so you can pull your password in automatically, we already knew about this though. Intelligent text selection, so double tapping will select an entire address, name of a business, with auto suggestion to open in Maps.
3. TensorFlowLite – neural network API coming later this year to help Android access hardware to accelerate training for neural nets and stuff. Not sure how this will end up being used.
4. Vitals, Google focused on security enhancements, OS optimizations, and developer tools to minimize power consumption.
5. Google Play Protect – basically just a malware scanner built into the Google Play store.
6. Google claims apps will open twice as fast due to runtime changes at the OS level, even with no changes to the app itself.
7. More talk about how to optimize battery issues, limiting background location checks and stuff. The new developer tools look massively useful. Developers can see the top problems that users are having with their apps, and easily learn how to optimize or fix the major issues.
8. Kotlin is a new officially supported language for Android! Apparently the developers have been asking for this? Never heard of it actually.
9. First beta release of O available today, should include lots of the aforementioned features.
10. Android Go, lighter apps for Android O devices with 1 GB or less of memory. Different Google Services use less memory, take up less storage and CPU time. This looks like the software side of the Android One program. Data management is front and center on these devices, looks super useful for emerging markets like Indonesia, Brazil, and India.
11. YouTube Go, the lighter form of YouTube. You can see how much mobile data each video will use and select the resolution you want. Includes a built-in peer-to-peer sharing feature to transmit saved YouTube videos locally without using any mobile data.
12. GBoard – built-in Google Translate feature, looks cool as hell. You can type in English and translate into dozens of languages in the correct script without leaving the app.
13. Going forward, every Android release will have a “Go” configuration. Right now the devices have to have 1 GB or less RAM to qualify, not sure if that requirement will change in the future

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