Android O: Google teases next version of its operating system
The latest version of Android mobile operating system is codenamed Android O Photograph: (Others)
The upcoming version of Android, referred to simply as "O" for the time being, will have boosted artificial intelligence features along with enhanced security, executives showed at Google's annual developers conference, Google IO.
Google is also crafting a lighter version of Android, referred to as "Go," designed for maximum performance on low-cost, entry-level smartphones in developing countries where internet bandwidth is lean or expensive.
Google said that while it is happy with the momentum of its Daydream virtual reality platform based on using smartphone as screens in headsets, it is working with partners on stand-alone virtual reality gear.
Partners in the endeavor include Vive-maker HTC and Lenovo, according to Google virtual reality team vice president Clay Bavor.
The gathering, which attracted some 7,000 developers on site and had thousands more watching online, focused on software with little mention of hardware, noted analyst Blau.
"There is a continuing trend where devices are becoming devalued and what is on the screen is becoming more valuable," Blau said. "With AI, all the apps are getting upgraded so they don't need new hardware."
Google announced that more than two billion devices powered by Android software are used monthly in a freshly passed milestone.