Several new features rumored to be part of Android O

Several new features rumored to be part of Android O
A source claiming to have knowledge about Android "O" says that finger gestures could be one of the new features added to the next build of Android, which could be called Oreo. Draw the letter "C" on the screen and you will immediately be shown your contacts list. The whole process is faster than asking Google to open up your contacts list. This wouldn't be something totally new. The Huawei Mate 9, with Knuckle 2.0, opens the camera if you draw a "C" on the screen using your knuckle.

Another feature that could be part of Android O would allow Android to recognize when a text contains an address. The recipient of the text can tap on the address, and will see the location in Google Maps. Also reportedly on the drawing board is something called Copy Less, which could be a new capability for the Gboard virtual QWERTY. As an example of how this works, imagine that you have found a restaurant you like in Yelp and want to pass the address on to someone you're chatting with. Typing the phrase "it's at" would automatically show the restaurant address as a suggestion on the QWERTY. Tap on it and the address will appear in the text box, waiting for you to click on send.

There is no guarantee that these new features will show up in Android O. And of course, it is possible that they will never show up at all in any future version of Android.

We expect Android O to be unveiled at Google I/O, which starts on May 17th this year.

source: VentureBeat

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11 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

*Cough * Nova Launcher Prime *Cough *

2. rinzimpulse

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

+1 Agree

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Apex Launcher Pro is even better than Nova Launcher Prime.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I want to see a smartphone use Google's project soli radar input technology. So my hand and fingers can be a good distance from the smartphone.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

INYO, that is.

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

IYHO, that is. I was using Apex before. Bought Nova, and never looked back. Maybe they've caught up, but Nova serves me well.

3. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Drawing the letter in screen to open features are in Chinese smartphones at least 3 years.The best function of android is the mode doze, present in marshmallow.

4. surethom

Posts: 1666; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Would Be nice if it could recognize phone numbers that have spaces in them.

6. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Last major update needed by Android is N's multi window mode. So even if a phone is stuck with Nougat, i think it will do just fine.

7. Duncdawg26

Posts: 170; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Blu life one x has the smart gestures: O for flashlight, M for music player, and C for camera. Also double tap to wake and to sleep.

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

ColorNote had the address and phone number capabilities for quite some time. For text it's possible that Messages+ from Verizon is also capable of this but I have to wait till someone texts me an address.

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