Here's how Android O will bring better battery life, strengthened security, app stability improvements


Android may be the most popular mobile operating system in the world, but it is not known as the most secure one. Or as the most responsive or most stable OS, for that matter. Google seems to be well aware of that, which is why with Android O, we're promised to see improvements in areas with key importance to what Google calls Android's Vitals: security, stability, and battery life.

That's great news, of course, but what's no less interesting is the approach Google is taking to ensure that Android O smartphones run without a hitch. It all starts with doubling-down on application security and malicious software monitoring. Google and its machine learning algorithms already scan over 50 billion app every day, plucking out the potentially harmful ones. With Android O, this process is to become more obvious and accessible through the introduction of Google Play Protect, which will show up in the Play Store app. From what we saw at the demo during Google I/O, this feature will show you when your apps were scanned lastly and will give you the option to manually trigger a scan for suspicious apps you might have installed. It is not clear, however, if sideloaded apps – ones you've installed manually – will be monitored.



Android O also comes with under-the-hood improvements that speed up booting time and application performance. One example Google gave us was a 119% speed improvement in Google Sheets, achieved using internal benchmarks. To be clear, that was achieved only through tweaks of the OS code, with no app modifications. 

Android O is also adding stricter boundaries to what resources apps can use in the background. The goal of this change is to limit battery consumption and memory usage of background apps and services.



Thirdly, Google is making it easier for developers to understand what's causing battery drain, app instability, and slow UI. Play Console Dashboards is a new feature that displays statics related to app issues and shows which users are affected. Better yet, guidance to providing ways to fix each issue is provided. And in Android Studio, developers will see new profiling tools visualizing what resources are used by every line of code in their apps.

Android O is expected to launch this summer, hopefully alongside new hardware - a Google Pixel successor, most likely.

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12 Comments

1. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I don't believe. I have heard so many promises for better battery, speed etc but non of them turned out to be true. At least in real life I didn't notice any significant battery and speed improvement with new versions of OS. Very minor at best and definitely don't ever worth waiting for OS update or purchasing more expensive and latest device for the sake of the latest version of Android.

5. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I'm with A_A_A on this. Google has been downright unforthcoming since KitKat in regards to battery life improvements in successive releases of Android. If Android O (again) comes up short on these promises, my vote is we hold a public execution for Sundar Pichai...

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The problem with their earlier efforts is most of them required developers implementation This time Google is forcing apps targeting Android O to compile Will be interesting to see how it is in 6 months time when most apps are targeting Android O

2. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

if you really need a full taste of android use an nexus or pixel phones they are just smooth i cant even say you just mind blogging

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Not everyone can afford a Nexus or a Pixel, which is why this Android Go initiative is aimed at low-end budget phones.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I will disagree with you on the Nexus phone, It's been a rock solid experience for me up until a few months back. Lately, my Nexus 6P has been really dragging its feet. Hopefully, Android O will bring significant performance improvements, but I elect to keep my expectations low.

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Clear the system cache in recovery.

12. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Also clear the cache in the storage settings. Maybe also go into the file browser to clear out junk files if you know what to look for.

4. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Nice... Fu*k the PIXEL, that phone was so ugly, hope google never makes another phone like that one.

10. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The made a vanilla phone to test the waters of the public. They needed to make a phone that would appeal to everyone. Not us tech nerds. They succeeded in that. I have only seen one person, ever in real life have a nexus besides me. But I've seen alot people with pixels. At least a 10 of them weekly. They must have done something correct. It is weird seeing a pixel in a otter box though... Its huge...

8. rsiders

Posts: 1950; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Anyone remember Doze?

11. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Yeah.. didn't help much. What we need these days are gigantic battery capacities, along with super efficient less than 10nm SoC's and optimized software.

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