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Is this the Oreo feature list we'll see at Google I/O 2017?

20 March, 2017, 22:38 | Author: Nadine Todd

Google brought a handy feature to the Nexus 5X that allows users to swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to reveal the notification shade. A few weeks ago we talked about a bunch of new smart features that might make it into the next iteration of Android and now we're back to share with you even more details.

This means that each notification would simultaneously carry the icon pertaining to the particular app, and users could quickly see how many notifications they have over a particular app just by looking at the main screen. One of them is updated notifications. In this scenario, notifications would intelligently display only on whichever device a person is now using.

Google could also include picture-in-picture mode, as already happens on Android TVs. Since the company's Android Nougat Developer Preview released in March a year ago, it is expected to come out with the Android 8.0 Developer Preview soon. This should also heat up the Android faithful who have been feeling an unfair treatment of tablets by Google including its own apps.

Google could also bring background restricted activities from some apps on Android O. The tool can now be found on Chrome 57 and allows users to reduce the power consumption of bottom working tabs, thereby optimizing the duration of the battery.

Obviously that's only true for the devices Google still supports. As a crude example, think of a calendar app icon that changed to show the appropriate date on a daily basis.

Starting with "new notifications", it's not clear what this feature actually means and how it could be implemented in Android O. We're not sure exactly what sort of "enterprise stuff" is headed to Android, but certainly we would expect Google to build upon existing data, app, and device security with additional tools. Until then, from time to time the new information that arrives on this future version of the operating system will appear in the network. Less than 3 percent of all Android devices have Nougat installed as of right now. And a fifth of Android devices (20.8 percent) are still running KitKat (Android 4.4).

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