Android O to reportedly bring new assistive features, including 'Copy Less' and gestures


​”Google is reportedly putting an emphasis on assistive features in the next Android version”

Google is expected to introduce the next version of Android at its I/O conference in May. Ahead of the unveiling, a few features of the upcoming Android O have been leaked. According to VentureBeat, Google is putting an emphasis on “assistive features” in Android O, and making its software more user-friendly and easy to navigate.

As per the report, Google has created a feature called ‘Copy Less’, which is expected to cut down the annoyance of copying text from one app and pasting it in another.

It’s not clear if this feature will be integrated into Google’s standard keyboard app or Android itself.

The new Android version could also get finger gestures to trigger actions across Android. For example, the source said, if you draw the letter “C” on the screen, Android will display a short list of recent contacts. This will be faster than bringing up contacts using the “OK Google” voice assistant on Android.

Another potential new feature the report suggests is Android’s built-in Messages app recognising when certain text appears onscreen. For an example, if you get a message containing an address, you’ll be able to open it in apps like Google Maps. The report also mentions that many of these features may get delayed or never ship with Android O at all.

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