Google’s Android OS has made remarkable gains since development started back in 2005. While Android 1.0 was only a platform for essential smartphone functions like browsing the Web and camera support, the latest version, Android 8.0 Oreo, is bountiful with features that make use of present trends, including productivity on-the-go, mobile payments, 3D gaming, virtual and augmented realities, virtual assistants, and much more.

In a little more than a decade, therefore, Android has come a long way. In fact, many tech enthusiasts and handset users can’t help but wonder what’s next for the platform. However, mobile is one of the most dynamic technologies around, and as impressive as Android may be in the present, it is bound to get even better in future.

Below are a few notable advancements to expect from Android in the coming years.

1. Simplicity

Apple diehards have always stood by the claim that iOS is more straightforward to both users and developers. While there has even been a discernible resolution to that argument, Android could certainly get simpler in the future.

One of the most welcome features that came with Android Oreo was the revamped Settings app, whose well-organized layout and new suggestions tab make it easier for users to find the settings they want. For developers, Google has recently added Kotlin as an official Android programming language, which will make future development significantly efficient and satisfying.

Evidently, simplicity is a part of Google’s long-term plan, and it will be pivotal to the success of Android in the future.

2. User Experience

Google has done a lot to improve Android’s user experience over the years, but it’s not yet perfect. Currently, there’s intense competition among gadget manufacturers, and those that are creating the most user-friendly custom interfaces are leading in the market. The same goes for app development, which is emphasizing user experience to reach and impress users. Future handset owners will likely feel much better and happier with Android.

3. Performance

Google has been doing a lot to keep its power-users happy with better Android optimization, visual appeal, and power efficiency. Developers have also been creating fast-loading, error-free apps that are more appealing to users. Today, for instance, anyone choosing to download and play final fantasy 15 will realize it looks and performs better than most similar but older games.

As Android gets faster and more efficient, however, the primary concern seems to be uniformity across the numerous different devices running the OS. Thankfully, Google says Android Oreo will be much more widely disseminated than Nougat, which is currently running on just 15 percent of Android gadgets. It is therefore perhaps safe to say that Android will not just get faster but also more accommodating to phone and tablet makers in the future.

4. Usability

Gone are the days when mobile devices were only meant for calling, texting, and web browsing. Today, the little gadgets in our pockets are mini-computers that can do anything, from doing business in the office to learning in school. Android developers are realizing the power of handsets in meeting a myriad of niche purposes, and are opening up the platform to better serve users.

The operating system is, therefore, moving to a future where it will make gadgets more usable, open, spontaneous and competent across different types of smartphone and tablet owners.

Conclusion

Android has been rapidly advancing in recent years, and undoubtedly, it has extensively revolutionized the digital industry. If you’ve been asking yourself what the future holds, however, the answer is that there’s no other way but up.