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Android O: Google unveils newest version of operating system

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Google has officially announced plans for Android O, the next edition of its smartphone operating system.

The tech titan is set to release a version of the software to developers later this month, before making it available to the general public towards the end of the year.

Perhaps the biggest change centres on battery life.

Google says it plans to limit what apps can do in the background, meaning users should see a sharp increase in how much power they have left after a day of using their device.

There are also plans to change how notifications work, allowing users to group them into specific channels, whether it’s technology, sport or weather, cutting down on the countless bleeps and pop–ups which can plague modern operating systems.

Google has also teamed up with Sony to boost wireless audio tech, using the Japanese company’s LDAC tech to ensure sound quality is as good as when using wired headphones.

This could be essential seeing as Google is widely rumoured to be ditching the 3.5mm headphone slot from its forthcoming Pixel 2 smartphone.

Elsewhere, Google has also promised tweaks to picture–in–picture mode for video calls and changes to keyboard navigation.

Android O is not yet available to non–developer beta testers and has not been given an official name.

Expect to hear more at Google’s I/O event in May.

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