Google announced a slew of new features for its next version of Android at Google IO
Android 8.0 beta is now available to download.
The next-generation version of Android includes faster boot-up times, better performance, tweaked notifications and improved battery life.
Google previewed some of the new features coming to Android 8.0 on-stage during its annual developer conference, Google I/O, last night.
The next version of Android is not about headline-grabbing new features, but instead doubling-down on performance tweaks that make the everyday experience better for users.
Smart text selection is being introduced in Android O.
The nifty new feature uses artificial intelligence to identify text that users will most likely want to copy and paste, helping phone owners quickly highlight information they want.
Notification Alerts now appear on the app icon, and can be dismissed from the apps' pop-up menu
Another new feature previewed on-stage was notification dots – new coloured bubbles that appear beside an app icon when you have a notification waiting.
Android apps can now autofill with username and passwords saved within the Google Chrome web browser, which should save you a lot of time.
Google has also had a spring-clean in the Notifications tray and the Settings menu.
In the latter, the California-based company has relegated a number of specialised settings into an Advanced dropdown menu, which reduces some of the clutter and keeps the whole thing a little more user-friendly.
Boot-up times are also dramatically improved in Android O, with the Pixel starting up almost twice as fast as the same hardware running Android N.
One of the standout features is picture-in-picture, which lets you continue watching video content while using other apps.
Picture-In-Picture lets you continue to watch live video while using other Android apps
Unfortunately, it only works with YouTube Red (the paid US-only subscription plan for YouTube) and video chat app Google Duo for now.
Within those apps, users can quickly reduce the video player to a small floating window that can be positioned anywhere on the screen.
Google says third-party developers, like Amazon Prime and Netflix, will be able to implement the feature ahead of the launch of Android 8.0 later this year.
The US search behemoth has also promised to improve battery life with Android O, saying the new software would be more "wise" to apps running in the background on mobile devices.
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Android O, the next version of Google's mobile operating system, will be released "later this summer", the firm said.
However, Google has made an early beta of the new software available to download today.
Google cautions users that this is an early release and is therefore not intended for "daily or consumer use".
However, if you have a spare device lying around and fancy seeing what Google has planned for the next-generation of its open-source operating system, it might be worth installing Android O.
Enrol your smartphone to automatic over-the-air (OTA) system updates through the Android Beta Program to make sure your receive all milestone builds straight to your device.
Be aware – uninstalling a Developer Preview system image prior to the end of the program requires a full device reset and removes all user data on the device.