A first look at Android O's new features: Here's what arrived along with Developer Preview 211
Picture in Picture & Dots
Just as we explained yesterday, Fluid experiences envision Google's goal of creating a non-interrupted user experience.
Upon receiving one of these, a small dot will appear on the top right corner of the app; if you press and hold the app icon for over a second, a redesigned long-press menu will pop up.
Aside from showing you the notifications, it also provides access to some specific quick actions for most apps. You can then interact with the notification or simply dismiss it by swiping.
Easy access to widgets
Quick Settings redesigned, again
Night Light now employs a slider
The nifty feature that turns your screen amber in order to help you fall asleep faster, Night Light, now comes with a slider that lets you fine-tune how much blue-light reduction you want to have.
Icon shape selection
Squircle, cylinder, or square - you can now select stock icons' shape. Mind you, it's strictly a Pixel Launcher feature as of now, and who knows if it will make it to the final build at all.
Let's face it, Google's stock emoji have always looked a bit weird, but luckily for all millennials that practically live in Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and whatnot, Google's aiming to redefine their emoji game. And what's a better way of doing that than overhauling the emojis themselves? Good riddance, blobs, you're succeeded by a much more expressive and non-ambiguous bunch of emojis that are rounder and way more colorful than before. Overall, a good visual change that gets a seal of approval!
Gboard live transliteration
Google is definitely not forgetting its Gboard keyboard and is supercharging it with new live transliteration feature. Currently with a host of languages, it lets you key in text in Latin and it will be automatically transliterated to Sanskrit, Bengali, Manipuri, Malayalam, Mathili, and so on.