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Rumor claims Android O may feature notification revamp and picture-in-picture

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Rumor claims Android O may feature notification revamp and picture-in-picture
We're only about two months away from Google I/O, where we're expecting to get the first look at what Google has in store for Android O, although the full OS update likely won't be released until the fall. But, we're inside the window where it's time for Android O rumors to take off and that yearly tradition is starting off with a few interesting features. We've already seen a teaser about the potential Oreo name, but to be fair on that Hiroshi Lockheimer is not the most reliable source. 

Unfortunately, we can't be too sure about the source of these rumors either. The unnamed source for 9to5Google appears to have insider knowledge and the outlet has gotten scoops before, so we'll have to see. The details of the rumors are also a bit lacking. Supposedly, there are a number of new features planned, including:

  • Changes to notifications
  • App icon badges for notifications
  • Picture-in-picture mode
  • Smart text selection toolbar with Assistant integration
  • Restricted background app activity
  • Adaptive icons
  • MediaRecorder API improvements
  • A "ton" of features focused on enterprise

Some of these are pretty easy to guess what they mean: app icon badges are something we've seen on iOS since the beginning, although they are quite divisive (I, like other inbox-zero types, hate them). Picture-in-picture mode sounds like a floating window and is a feature already available on Android TV. Restricted background app activity is also self-explanatory and likely related to battery life optimization. The smart text selection sounds like a more targeted version of the already available Screen Search feature of Assistant. And, adaptive icons could well mean dynamic icons so weather apps or calendar apps can be more relevant at a glance. 

However, the other features are quite vague, so we're not going to speculate too much. Instead, we'll leave it to you guys. What would you like to see in terms of an update to the notification system in Android?

source: 9to5Google

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posted on 17 Mar 2017, 15:55

1. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 406; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


I hope they ditch their goal of "improved security" and focus on efficiency instead.
Android 7.0 categorically decreased performance across the board on all devices in the name of greater security (at the rotten cost of performance/ battery life).
Sadly, in this day and age with quantum computing on the verge of being commercially viable, security might as well be non-existent. Emerging quantum computers like the D-WAVE 4096 can break AES 256-bit encryption within a fraction of a nanosecond to the tenth of the tenth power.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 16:23 5

5. sgodsell (Posts: 4309; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


We already know that the authorities already have access to all are smartphones. Not to mention the people in China and India as well. But hey it sounds good if they make sound like it's secure.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 17:46 1

9. sgodsell (Posts: 4309; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I would actually like to see Google's Cardboard support their Daydream controller. I would also like to see better YouTube support through their Daydream and Cardboard, or I should say make it easier for developers to add YouTube videos and other content like that for both Cardboard and Daydream VR. They also have to have better ad support for VR in general.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 18:04

10. vincelongman (Posts: 4831; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Why not both?

Google seem to be trying both, e.g. with
-A "ton" of features focused on enterprise
-Restricted background app activity

And more unknown features to come

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 19:46 2

14. asirfaysal (Posts: 74; Member since: 19 Jul 2016)


I will block the 'facebook app' any day with the restricted background app activity.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 20:47

16. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


They can do both. Parts of Nougat encryption is literally still years behind in security vs iOS(iOS 4 had important encryption features that is still missing in Nougat)

Vendors like QC and Samsung and others have to improve on their cryptography and cryptography performance on their SoC's, Apple is quite a bit ahead here in this regard.

And also of course improve the OS in this regard

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 00:26 1

18. hemedans (Posts: 587; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


just download greenify then hibernate it

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 00:52 1

19. asirfaysal (Posts: 74; Member since: 19 Jul 2016)


after 1min, facebook app starts automatically in background.

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 05:23

24. hemedans (Posts: 587; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


with greenify it wont, i use it all time, no notification no nonsense, untill you open app.

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 19:01

29. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 406; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Yup enjoy your "increased security". When the power grid shuts down, your phone will be useless - except perhaps to bludgeon another poor bastard with for a chance at the last loaf of bread, as all of the stores are being looted for the last rations.

posted on 19 Mar 2017, 12:01

30. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Pretty irrelevant to OS security of i OS and Android. That would be a totally different ballgame. In that case, OS security is even more vital on our power infrastructure

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 15:59 1

2. KingSam (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Mar 2016)


lol. given the right performance (to speed up attempts) anything can be cracked.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 16:10

4. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 406; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Think 2 to the 4000th power times 4096 “dimensions”, as quantum computers in their nature operate outside of our known realm of physics.
Speaking of numbers, 2 to the 63rd power alone is 9.2 quintillion. Just think about that.
No encryption method we could fathom would stand up to this kind of power.
No doubt, that D-Wave is probably going to kill us all some day soon, once it figures out that we aren't needed anymore. It is beyond capable of being far more intelligent than a human brain.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 17:04

6. Bondurant (Posts: 504; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Basically bringing features that were already on skinned UIs for years.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 17:07 5

7. brasstax (Posts: 326; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


For all the flak that it has got, Sammy's Touchwiz has seemingly had a lot of these features for years such as multiwindow and picture in picture to name a couple.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 18:31 4

11. DRS1977 (Posts: 468; Member since: 27 May 2015)


That is why stock Android is so boring to me. I've been using these things for years on TouchWiz.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 19:45 2

13. vincelongman (Posts: 4831; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


For me: stock Android + Play Store + XDA

Not "boring" plus the quick updates of stock Android

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 23:42 1

17. Podrick (Posts: 995; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


And Xposed.
Off topic: Wish there was Xprivacy without Xposed.

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 00:52 2

20. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


So true. All this cry about updates become almost pointless (except the patch to Android updates) when you have a feature-packed skin like Samsung's Touchwiz. Stock Android is only getting updated faster to catch up with OEM skins...

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 17:32

8. aegislash (Posts: 831; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Notification revamp again? I get that Google likes to update the Android user interface to keep things looking fresh, but god damn..Nougat only just brought a completely revamped notification area, which looks and works fantastically. No need to fix what isn't broken.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 18:39 4

12. Ordinary (Posts: 2415; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Lol welcome to 2012

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 20:20 1

15. k9luvr (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Oct 2016)


I would like to see repeat notifications built into the OS. LG and Samsung have had it for years. Allow options to repeat missed notifications on a selectable time basis. Also allow choice of Blinking LED, Sound or vibration (or all) as reminder. Also allow adjustment of vibration intensity..
Some OEMs just don't get this and it is sorely needed.
Improvements for enterprise is good. Android has always been a crappy OS for business users. Any improvements would be appreciated.

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 00:56

21. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"Also allow choice of Blinking LED, Sound or vibration (or all) as reminder. Also allow adjustment of vibration intensity.."

Lol, stock android is still missing those? Been enjoying those on my OnePlus One since 2014...oh well, even more reasons why I can never stand this pitifully-limited stock android. Almost as boring as stock iOS.

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 10:20

25. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Almost certain there has been apps on Play Store for years that could control the LED and do all of this, but yeah not baked into stock Android naturally

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 03:42

22. DBoss (Posts: 40; Member since: 18 Feb 2017)


Its funny that the complete os upgrade only has revamping of interface evrytime... the OS should be vetting lighter and lighter in each iteration but its gettin harder and harder even tho the professors hav improved their performance 1000times over the years... my s7 edge7.0 lost 2hrs of battery life compared to the ollipop. f**k u google...!

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 05:12

23. cmdacos (Posts: 232; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Your s7 never had lollipop

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 10:21

26. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


He probably meant Marshmallow

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 12:24

28. DBoss (Posts: 40; Member since: 18 Feb 2017)


My bad... its marshmallow... gosh so many typos tooo :|

posted on 18 Mar 2017, 11:16

27. Trex95 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Google should keep an option to remove and unstaill apps that don't want to keep on my phone not only disabled and still run in back ground.

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