Android O is Here Already; Here are The Top New Features

August 28, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google wisely pulled out its new Android iteration by making it fall along with the solar eclipse. Called Oreo, the eighth formal iteration of the Android has been now made official, and will start rolling out to the respective Pixel and Nexus devices at first.

Indeed, there might still be plenty of time left for the rest of the users to get hold of the new OS. But we are listing some of the top features from the new OS that would make you feel wanting for the new OS to arrive earlier than expected on your devices.


Developer previews have shown us what the new Picture-in-Picture mode in Android would be focusing at; a seamless experience of multitasking without sacrificing a major chunk of your preferred app. Picture-in-Picture mode will finally overlay videos above apps with adjustable sizes so that you can, say, watch a YouTube video within a box while still carrying out your conversations on an instant messenger.

The video can be slid around to any corner of the screen, or just pull them out of the screen by simply swiping it off the screen. We will have to wait to see if Google will be ready to offer more inside Picture-in-Picture than just YouTube videos.

Notification Dots

Thanks to third party launcher, we already know about dynamic notification for the app icons. But Google is making it official with Android O. With the new retuning, notification will appear as simple dots over app icons. But they offer more functionality like long pressing it to pull out short-links through which actions can be performed related to the specific notification. That also includes viewing the notification through a tiny popup window. In all sense, it’s a wide improvement over the normal counter notification available for app icons at present.

Advanced Text Selection & Auto-Fill

Google has previously teased its new tool that will let user perform some smart actions when it comes to text selection. Google is introducing its AI to let the OS perform actions based on its intelligence. This means giving access to a lot of easier tasks, like copying a number to get on to the dial board straight away, or for navigation. Besides, Google will also use its intelligence to automatically highlight sentences and phrases rather than just words on every instance of holding.

Another feature of the Android O that makes things quick and easier is the autofill. With the new feature, log-in sessions will be made lot easier by the default recalling of your auto-fill data across all apps. Indeed, this would require to be coded by all app developers separately. But it could save a heck lot of time if those are put in place.


Vitals is the new home of for all your vital tasks, on Android. Battery optimization, security enhancements, developer tools, all of these now comes integrated under the Vital feature to make things simpler to the user end. Live-time reporting of the issues is one big feature that will let developers track the issues on a real-time basis.

Fluid Experiences

Google’s machine learning tool is now having a scaled down version, called the TensorFlow, which will assist in lower powered device to perform all the heavy tasks. The new framework of the Android O will simultaneously accelerate neural network features inside the OS, giving a leg up to all the AI components of a device.

Apart from the aforesaid, Android O will also have a host of other additional improvements included including changes to notification panels, new emojis and other bug fixes. You will get to know all of them as soon as the OS starts hitting the major devices this week.

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