While many smartphones are still waiting for their Android 7.0 Nougat update, Google is charging full steam ahead with the developer preview for the platform’s next release: Android O. Today, during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming with Android O, including picture-in-picture support, smart text selection, OS security enhancements, and more.
The Google Home smart speaker was one of the first products to utilize the powerful Google Assistant artificial intelligence platform. In direct competition with Amazon Alexa, Google Home provides you with smart and voice-dictated information that syncs across all of your Google services and apps. Today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming to Google Home including hands-free calling, Spotify integration, calendar reminders, and more.
Google’s Android has a lot of great phones in the ecosystem, as well as plenty of excellent features from phone-to-phone; however, there are a handful of features that I, and many others, would no doubt like to see become official Android features. This isn’t speaking in terms of one OS is better than the other, but that iOS has some features that would make using Android a whole lot more seamless and enjoyable.
I also think these features would win them a lot more customers, because they’re everything that people really admire about iOS. Even though iOS is smaller in a lot of ways, it is really easy to use, which means Apple is going to be the go-to who for people who want their use of technology streamlined.
Here’s just a few of the features from iOS that I’d personally love to see implemented on Android.
Samsung’s U.S. unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are getting a major software update today. It is, of course, the long-awaited jump to Android 7.0 Nougat that’s been on the carrier variants for months. Now owners of the U.S. unlocked models are finally experiencing the latest version of Android on their phones.
Before its official release date, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 for T-Mobile is getting a software update. It’s actually a substantial one, too. T-Mobile is preparing the year’s most popular device for showtime on Friday despite a number of customers receiving their phones early. The software update rolling out tonight is merely to ensure everything is set for when the masses begin using the Galaxy S8 in the United States.
Twitter is a massive platform with smartphone adoption reaching 3.8 billion at the end of 2016. With millions of active users daily, and the ever increasing amount of multimedia being shared across the web and app versions, Twitter can easily consume more data than you may want. Just announced to save the day comes Twitter Lite, which is a version of the mobile web experience that promises to reduce data usage by up to 70%. Let’s see what’s new.
The Axon 7 Mini will soon get a major software update. Before that happens, ZTE needs help. Recruiting is going on now for a selected team that will preview Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the phone prior to its public release.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are impressive devices, but there’s one thing little disappointing about the software at least for now. They’re currently running an outdated version of Android. Every unit we used at the Unpacked event in New York City was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Despite what you may be thinking, that’s actually behind what Google offers its partners.
It’s not all bad news. Samsung plans on getting right to work on implementing a software update.