Google Nexus 6: This Is Worse Than Goodbye!

Yolanda Curtis
March 20, 2017

Moving ahead with an earlier leak, sources have claimed that Google may toss out a third device, alongside new Pixel phones. Android O will be Android 8.0, following Android Nougat which was Android 7.0. The report also talks about iOS-style notification badges for apps, which gives users a quick glance at how many notifications an app has received just by looking at the app from the home screen or launcher. Furthermore, Google may also introduce adaptive icons that change dynamically. It will be nice to finally have the app icon badges showing up for the active notifications through the native Android operating system. Going by Google's dessert-based nomenclature for its OS updates, the next Android update is expected to be called Android Oreo. It appears that Android O is going to have the ability to sync across all devices, which would really be nice.

As per the report, picture-in-picture mode, which is only available on Android TV now, may also make it into Android O.

Other rumored features include picture-in-picture mode like Android TV, a smart text selection floating toolbar with Google Assistant integration and more restrictions for background apps. This feature would remember what you did last without messing with all of the text handles. Picture-in-picture allows you to display a pinned window in the corner of the screen, while allowing a user to continue consuming media content in the original window.

From the names, we can see that Google's obsession with fish is not about to come to an end anytime soon. Improvements to various APIs will also be included in this update, as well as the ability to have low-powered background apps.

Starting with "new notifications", it's not clear what this feature actually means and how it could be implemented in Android O. The live icon feature will be much more than just the Calendar though, so that will be cool as well.

Do you think that Google is content with leaving the Nexus 6 on Android 7.0 or is a fix being formulated so that users would be able to officially get back on Android 7.1.1?

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