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Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Android Operating System gets a new flavour

One among those should be a boon for multi-taskers, as Google will be fetching its Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode from Android TVs to the smartphone OS.

The next version of Android, known only as "O" (for Oreo, perhaps?), is here. but only for developers.

It's certainly welcome to see that Google isn't relegating the Pixel C to the sidelines, in a time when many owners were feeling that the device was becoming the redheaded step child of the Pixel family. Google says it's "focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for "arrow" and "tab" navigation" for Chromebooks and devices with larger form factors.

Well, it's pretty obvious now that Google has officially bid farewell to these two Nexus devices. The final version will be available after summer, but if you're can't wait it is possible to Download Android O today on compatible devices. An app consumes a lot of battery when running in the background, as it uses location updates, notes CNET.

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As always, Google's clamping down on power consumption to improve battery life.

Developers can also implement Autofill APIs directly into their apps, which should make sure that the correct text boxes are being populated with the data the user wants. As far as this year's update is concerned, we haven't seen noticeable changes on the User Interface part.

Google will also be finally revamping icons with Android 8.0, which will finally add support for badges to show counters for active notifications like for chat, messenger, and email applications. Under this new feature on Android O, users will be able to block or change how the channels function individually. The updated Google app is available in the US now. Wide-gamut displays will be supported, as will the higher-quality Bluetooth LDAC audio codec.

According to the latest Android annual security report, more than 735 million devices from over 200 manufacturers have received platform security updates in 2016. WCG support also means photos and videos will look even better on WCG-supported screens. Besides, the first version of Android O developer preview also introduces something called - Adaptive Icons, which basically makes the icon of any third party app to look like the stock Pixel launcher apps.

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