Android O launches – but we don’t know what flavor it would be

March 22, 2017

Available for developers to test out.

In surprise move, Google has quietly announced the next version of Android. Dubbed Android O (which we assume doesn’t have a name yet), the new OS will include various new tweaks and other optimizations that will make its way to (most) Android devices later this year.

While there were no superficial changes evident in this build, most of the new features rely from within. This includes better optimizations for apps so it consumes lesser power, along with support for high-quality Bluetooth audio.

There also subtle changes on the way notifications work. They are now better grouped, along with the option for developers to change the background color. Notifications can now also be snoozed so you will be reminded at a later time.

Picture in picture support is also coming to Android O. This will let you view a video as an overlay while you browse the other contents of your device. While this feature has been part of some third party launchers, it’s the first time that it is appearing as a native built-in feature on Android.

The Settings panel has also been revamped in favor of a more intuitive and icon-based menu that appears on the side of the menu name. It’s a simple change, but it helps give it a more user-friendly interface.

There are more under the hood changes but overall the Developer Preview of Android O gives us a glimpse of what to expect on Android’s next version. More changes will that’s for sure until its eventual fall release, but for now we’re thinking of various desserts that will eventually Android O’s name.

Android Oreo? It could be possible. Hit us with your predictions in the comments below!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.