The Next Android Update May Add Assistive Features

Android 7.0 Nougat is still pretty new and still rolling out to flagship devices of last year like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, rumours for the new OS are coming out and the latest suggest that it will have assistive features that reduce the number of functions needed to do simple tasks like copying, pasting, linking etc. While the official announcement will more than likely happen at the Google I/O event in May, the rumour mill has begun to spin.

The Assistive features are part of something called “Copy Less”, according to VentureBeat, that allows people to more easily share information without having to go from app to app, copying and pasting. For example, if someone notices a good review of a restaurant on yelp, they can type in the messaging app, “it’s at”, and the Copy Less function will paste the address of that app. Now, features like this have been refined over time, especially in Google’s Gboard app. Whether Copy Less will be featured as part of that, or in the Android OS itself is unknown.

Other features include recognising an address when it’s typed in the messaging app. You apparently won’t need to copy it into Google Maps’ search bar. The address will be turned into a link itself which¬†pivots to the Maps app.

Also mentioned, is new touch¬†gestures like pulling up the Contacts App by drawing a “C” on the screen. Stuff like this has been slowly coming up on phones like the OnePlus 3 which opens up the Camera app when you draw a circle on the lock screen and turns on the flashlight when you draw a “V” on the lock screen. Similar features can also be found in the Huawei Mate 9.

It all comes down to making the UI more user-friendly and faster to use. It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to book tickets or to order food or to buy a book or a game off the internet, and yet there’s a whole set of instructions to follow each time you come to the purchasing section of a website or an app.

Google’s I/O event is coming up on May 17.