With Google I/O officially behind us, it’s an ideal opportunity to begin looking forward – and that implies time to begin contemplating the following major version of Android and what it’ll mean for us.
Google Home and Photos may have stolen the show finally week’s conference, however the officially a work in progress Android O absolutely had its offer of the spotlight. We’ve aware of the Android O for the while now, of course – as far back as the principal java remote developer see of the software plopped out back in March – yet at I/O, Android O officially entered its beta stage and turned out to be promptly accessible to anyone with a current Nexus or Pixel phone.
Android O isn’t exactly prepared for open consumption, mind you – it’s still somewhat rough around the edges, and on the off chance that you utilize it enough, you’re bound to encounter ranges that don’t yet work as planned – however the software is now close enough to its last form that you don’t need to be a total thrill seeker to give it a shot on a phone you’re really conveying.
I’ve been investing some energy becoming acquainted with Android O more personally over the previous a few days. And keeping in mind that the release packs a lot of surface-level polish and in the engine tuning, it’s a couple of barely noticeable components that is had the most effect on my everyday life so far:
1. Notification snoozing
You knew this one was coming, isn’t that so? I’ve been discussing my deep yearning for local Android notification snoozing as far back as I became hopelessly enamoured with the snoozing function in Google’s Inbox application numerous months back. With Android O, my desire is a reality.
When you see a notification in O that is important yet not something you need to manage quickly, you can basically swipe it somewhat to either side to uncover another clock icon. Tap that icon, and ta-da: You’ll discover the option to send the notification away and have it return before long.
Of course (for now, in any event), Android O snoozes all notifications for 15 minutes. Tap the little arrow alongside that time, though, and you can opt to change the window to 30 minutes or an hour.
Preferably, I’d love to see much more robust snoozing options, similar to what we have in Inbox – things like the capacity to snooze a notification until a particular time and date or to set a notification to return when you’re in a specific location – yet recall this is still only the main beta version of this component. What we’re seeing now is a powerful initial move toward making cautions more valuable.
Consider it in certifiable terms: Let’s assume that you got an important Slacks messages while you’re in a meeting – perhaps something from your boss requesting that you call her when you’re free. You read it, however, you know you won’t have an opportunity to manage it for another thirty minutes. What’s more, you don’t have any desire to forget.
Now, rather than having to leave the notification set up and hope it gets your attention again – or, if your mind is as unendingly fatigued as mine, set a different update for yourself as a safeguard – you can basically swipe that notification to the side and advise Android to acquire it back to your attention 30 minutes.
Simple peasy, correct? From a productivity viewpoint, this truly might be Android O’s most amazing element.
2. Picture-in-picture mode
Android’s had a local split-screen function since a year ago’s Nougat release (and outsider producers have been preparing that sort of highlight into their own software for significantly longer), yet Android O’s photo in-picture mode is a substantially more commonsense approach to multitask on a littler screen gadget with regards to a constrained and particular arrangement of assignments.
The way it works is pretty sans thought and automatic: Imagine you’re viewing an important professional development video on YouTube (in light of the fact that that is the only kind of video you’d ever watch from your work phone, obviously) – and you decide that you need to make an impression on someone or go look something up in Chrome without stopping playback. Simply hit your Home or Overview key, and bam: The video will recoil down into a little floating box over your home screen or late applications rundown, and you can go about your other business while continuing to watch.