Ready for Android 8.0? Google Could Unleash Android O at Its I/O Conference in May

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Mar 8, 2017
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It looks like Google is all set to reveal the first look of its much-awaited Android O. According to a report by Venture Beat, the tech giant could unleash Android O aka Android Oreo at the Google I/O conference in May.

Not only the announcement date, but the report also tips a few new features that are expected to debut on Android O. One supposed feature is “Copy Less,” which aims at making the copy-pasting task easier for the users by integrating with Gboard. Whenever a user wants an address to be pasted in the message box, he just has to type “it’s at,” and it will fetch suggestions from saved addresses.

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Another nifty feature that might make an entry with Android O is the ability to link information to the particular app. For example – If you tap on a phone number then dialer app would open automatically. Likewise, if you tap on an address, then Maps app will open right away. There is also buzz about new gesture-based commands such as drawing “C” would trigger the Calendar app.

Amidst all the talks about Android O, we wonder how many devices are still struggling on versions older than Marshmallow, let alone Nougat.

In another news, Google released the Android distribution chart for March, yesterday. As per the numbers, it looks like Nougat has gained almost double distribution numbers over the last month. To be specific, Nougat has increased by 1.5% since last month, which now brings it to 2.4% in total.

Android distribution March 2017

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It is not entirely surprising to see the surge in Nougat adoption rate as last month we witnessed many carrier-bound units of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge receiving the Nougat update. Also, many players like Lenovo have also started the update rollout for their phones like Moto G4 and Moto Z Play. LG has also confirmed the Nougat update for LG V10, and LG G4.

As per the chart, the adoption rate for Marshmallow grew from 30.7% to 31.3%, which makes it the second most used Android version after Lollipop, which stands strong at 32.5% with just 4% drop from last month’s tally. On the contrary, other Android version like KitKat are operating at 20.8%, Jelly Bean at 10.6%, while both Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread stagger at 1.0%.

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