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

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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29 Comments

1. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 628; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

29. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 628; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

30. mikehunta727 unregistered

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

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5554; Member since: Feb 10, 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

14. asirfaysal

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

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

18. hemedans

Posts: 744; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

just download greenify then hibernate it

19. asirfaysal

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

after 1min, facebook app starts automatically in background.

24. hemedans

Posts: 744; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

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

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

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

2. KingSam

Posts: 1284; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

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

4. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 628; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

6. Bondurant

Posts: 744; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

7. brasstax

Posts: 534; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

11. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

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

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5554; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For me: stock Android + Play Store + XDA Not "boring" plus the quick updates of stock Android

17. Podrick

Posts: 1280; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

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

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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...

8. aegislash

Posts: 1425; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lol welcome to 2012

15. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

25. mikehunta727 unregistered

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

22. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 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...!

23. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Your s7 never had lollipop

26. mikehunta727 unregistered

He probably meant Marshmallow

28. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

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

27. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 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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