Here's a quick look at the new features

Notifications form one of the key areas of improvement for Google in all its mainstream Android upgrades, and Android O is no different either.

Clicking that option will open up the file picker where users will be able to select any sound file that they want, which means that users can choose from songs or maybe specially downloaded audio clips that they want to use as their ringtone. And while it will probably be a year or more until it arrives to a meaningful number of phones, here is one welcome new feature in Android O: it will allow you to easily set a custom ringtone for calls, notifications and messages. We take you through the top five additions that have been spotted in the developer preview version of Android O. Android O Released for Developers.

Earlier this week, Google released the first Developer Preview for Android O, the next major update to its mobile operating system.

For more context, check out these articles on the Android O preview. Through its monthly security update program, Google touted that more than 735 million devices received a platform update past year. These notification badges are the small numbers that you see on apps like mail and messages that show number of unread messages.

And if you tend to let notifications pile up, the good news is that they will automatically time out with Android O. If they're time sensitive, such as a calendar alert, then they'll disappear as soon as they're no longer relevant.

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Picture in Picture (PIP) display is now available on phones and tablets, so users can continue watching a video while they're answering a chat or hailing a vehicle. In fact, it's also likely that Google has kept some things secret and will unveil more features at its upcoming Google I/O event in May. Now the users can get the multiple window in a screen.

The new features can run on Android Messenger, Google's Pixel phone and LG's G6 model.

Yet few Android devices can boast of impressive patch rates. Google plans to tackle the battery life by limiting what apps can do in the background.

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  • Delia Davidson