Back in March, search engine giant Google released the first Developer Preview of Android P for Google devices. Surely that was a hell unstable update and the features within were not finalised a bit. Since then we are getting a lot of leaks and rumours about the features of this version of Android.
Now today at Google I/O 2018 event, the Mountain View company Google released the Android P Beta update. Well, there’s a surprise in the latest update, which we will discuss later in this article. Now let’s check out what’s the new Beta update brings within.
1. Gesture-Based Navigation:
This is one of the features which differentiates this Android version from previous ones. Through this users can use gestures to navigate through the device, between the apps. Instead of on-screen navigation buttons, there will be just one pill shaped icon and user needs to swipe through that icon to navigate. If you swipe up from the icon and the overview will get open, or in simple word, multitasking tray will open up. Now the multitasking layout is looking more like MIUI or iOS multitasking tray. Below the opened apps, there are the suggested apps by the phone as well, second swipe up from the icon will bring the regular app drawer.
If you open an app and wants to go back or go to home screen, there will be navigation button for the same. Also when you are in overview mode, you can simply long press on any text on an app and gets it copied without opening the same. Apart from this, if you rotate the phone while auto rotation is off, there will be a button in navigation icon. to turn on rotation.
2. Predicted Actions:
In past two Android versions, we have seen suggested apps in the app drawer, now with Android P, the thing will move one step ahead. This time there will be suggestions for the actions that have to be taken in a particular app. For example, if you search for Uber app in the search bar, the suggestion will shoe you to open Uber app as well as show you to ‘go home’ option, from where you can just click the ride to the home in fewer touches. These suggestions will be based on the usage routine and will work via AI. Later on, more developers will utilize their apps with this feature as well.
3. Adaptive Brightness:
Today most of the smartphones use the light sensor to detect the lighting around and adjusts the brightness according to the same. Now with Android P, company’s machine learning technology can adjust the brightness not just according to the lighting, but also according to the user’s activity running currently on the device, and other conditions as well. Also if you manually adjust the brightness while auto brightness is turned on, it can automatically learn that level and in future sets the brightness according to that particular app where you made changes and also according to the time.
4. Adaptive Battery:
With Android P, the AI or machine learning can also judge your device usage and keeps the apps in the background according to that. For example, if someone uses a particular app at the particular time in a day, then the software will automatically cut down the background activity of that app on unused time, and automatically starts the app in the background at the time of usual usage. According to the company, this will lead to around 30% increase in battery life.
5. App Dashboard:
A feature named as Dashboard is also featured in this Beta Preview which gives statistics of our app usage. Like how many time a particular app is being opened, how many minutes/hours the app is used, and how many notifications have been received throughout the day. Within the same user can set a timer on a particular app in which the app icon will be greyed out in colour if we use the app above the time limit. Well, this is the Google’s step to reduce the smartphone addiction.
6. Volume Shortcut:
Google introduces a new shortcut for volume in the Android P beta, the volume shortcut will allow users to quickly switch the phone to silent or vibrate mode. You will see an option called “prevent ringing.” And with this option, a user can set the phone to either switch to vibrate or silent mode.
7. Smarter Notification:
Google makes its notification system smarter, as now in the Android P you will not see the notifications which you will dismiss without taking any action. Which means now if you dismiss notification then the new version of Android will automatically understand that it is not important for you and it will not allow to pop-up.
A new button called Manage Notifications is now present at the bottom of the notification shade, which will bring the list of the most recently received notifications. From there, you can turn off any of the notifications. Well, this should really handy for the users to -tune their preferences.
Android P Beta compatible Devices:
Now coming to the surprise which we mentioned above, well, every year the Beta preview is available for Google devices only i.e. Nexus and Pixel devices. But this time the things are going to be different. This time this Beta Preview is available for some devices apart from Google devices. These devices belong to companies like Essential, Sony and OnePlus. Users can enroll their devices from Android Beta Program website.
Following are the devices capable of Android P Beta update:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Essential PH1
- OnePlus 6
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Mi Mix 2s
- OPPO R15 Pro
- Vivo X21 UD
- Vivo X21
- Sony Xperia XZ2
These devices are selected because these are supported by the Project Treble, Google’s initiative towards faster software updates.
So that’s all the information we have as of now. Well, the Predicted Actions and Dashboard features are quite interesting. And we feel that Google developing the Android P to make life easier and also with a new mindset. So, what are your thoughts on these features? What are your favourite ones? Do let us know in the comment section below. Also, stay tuned with us for more information.