Google Android O To Get Smart AI Features Like ‘Copy Less’, Address Suggestions and More


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Google I/O Developer conference is going to be held in Mountain View, California from May 17 – May 19, 2017 where the company is going to unveil the developer preview of the successor to Android Nougat.

Since the new version of Android is going to hit this year, speculations have already started coming in. Although this version might not be drastically different from Nougat, according to a report by VentureBeat, Google will be putting in a lot of features related to AI.

The first feature that could come is ‘Copy Less’, which allows the users to save time copying text from one app to another. This essentially means that the apps will be able to communicate with each other, suggest you what you’re typing instead of you copying the whole text and pushing the suggestion at a simple tap.

However, it is not clear if this feature will be added to Android itself or just to Google Keyboard. This feature will allow the OS to read everything on your phone, which might cause privacy issues to some people.

Another feature that could make its way is the ability to open address from Android Messages. Currently, the app cannot open any address sent to you, but in the future when you tap on the address you will be able to get the location in Google Maps instantly.

The AI will be able to recognise the address in the message and search it in Maps to show you the location. This is better than searching the address on your own by copy pasting.

Finally, Google will also be bringing smart gestures to your phone, like some Samsung and LG phones had. You can draw an alphabet or a gesture on the screen to open an app. For example, you can draw a ‘V’ to open the camera or draw a ‘C’ to open up the contact list.

All these nifty features can actually also be rolled out with small software updates on Android Nougat because Google has only added a few AI-aided features. Android O might also get a minor UI facelift but the company is working harder towards bringing smart features to the OS.

Source: VentureBeat

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