I/O 2017: New Android O Features Annouced, Beta Release Available For Download

David Burke told the audience at Google I/O that Android has reached two million active devices this year. And there has been a 10X growth in Android Auto since 2016. Android users have downloaded 82 billion apps in the past year.

Various Android O features were announced focusing on “Fluid Experience” and “Vitals.”

Fluid Experience

Android O’s upcoming Picture-In-Picture mode built at the system level was demonstrated.

Notification Dots

Now, Android developers can leverage a little dot on the top of their app icon to engage with the users. Long pressing the icon would display a notification right there.


Google’s autofill feature on Android is enhanced to work across the Android system instead of just being limited to Google Chrome.

Smart Text Selection

Android O will be able to detect commonly copy/pasted text such as names, phone numbers, addresses, etc. When you hover on such text Android would ask that you want to copy it and would help you select the text more precisely. All of the thinking parts will happen on the device itself.

Some Vitals

The vitals for Android O includes security enhancements, OS optimizations, and developer tools.

Google Play Protect

Google scans around 50 billion apps every day that is running on Android devices across the world. A new addition called Google Play Protect has been announced. It’ll perform a security scan of all the Android app you install on your device.

Google Play Protect

Reduced boot time

There has been a 2X reduction in Android O’s boot time on Pixel devices.

Android boot time io

New Play Console dashboard

Another inclusion to the vitals, a new Play Console dashboard allows developers to find common issues in their apps, and also know the number of users affected by the issue.

Google play console io

Android now supports the Kotlin programming language

“And there’s one more thing.. one thing our team has never done for developers”, said the speaker at Google I/O.

The programming language Kotlin is now supported by Android.

Android beta release now available

Users can taste Android O by downloading its first beta release available on android.com/beta.

Read our full coverage on Google I/O 2017 here.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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