Android O reportedly to introduce messaging improvements and more

According to a new report from VentureBeat, Google is working on some new smart features for the next version of Android, which will be announced at the company's I/O 2017 developer conference in May and likely be called Android O.

One of the new features will be called 'Copy Less', and it's meant to be more efficient by allowing the user to copy less text. According to the report, you'll be able to find a listing in the Yelp app, for example, and when you go to message a friend about where it is, the address will come up as a suggestion and you'll be able to tap it to include it in the message, rather than having to copy and paste it.

Another feature that we'll likely see is turning parts of SMS messages into hyperlinks, such as an address which, when tapped, would open in Google Maps. This is something that has been present in iOS for years, as well as on various third-party Android devices.

Finally, Android O will include onscreen gestures; for example, you could swipe the letter C, and the device will show you a list of recent contacts.

It's unclear how much of this will be a focus at I/O when Google is demonstrating the new OS, or how much else there will be. The event kicks off on May 17, so we'll find out more then.

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