Google unveils Android P at Google IO: Makes Android P Beta available on 7 Smartphones

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Google IO is a critically important event for Google itself as well as for anyone using various services offered by the tech giant. At this year’s IO event hosted the previous day, Google made the expected announcement of and unveiled its next Android OS, Android P.

Even as a number of phones are beginning to receive the currently-latest Google OS, Android Oreo, while many others are yet to receive it, Google has showcased its next mobile OS, Android P, in full glory. At the same time, the company also revealed 7 handsets from as many companies that are lined up to received the Android P Beta from the moment the announcement was made.

Those smartphones are:

Google Pixel 2 devices

Nokia 7 Plus

Sony Experia XZ2

Essential Phone

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Oppo R15 Pro

Vivo X21

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All-New Gesture Navigation – This is the most eye-catching about feature of Android P. The all-new gesture-based navigation is based on a digital hyphen or a small pill-shaped Home button which is used invoke the App Switcher feature as well as the App Drawer.

One swipe up from the digital Home button brings up various open apps in a horizontal list (as opposed to the more Android-typical vertical arrangement) while also showing a number of app suggestions at the bottom. On this screen, a second swipe up would open the App Drawer. This new Home button can be moved to either side as well.

Android P new gesture navigation
All-new gesture-based navigation in Android P

Adaptive Brightness – While it is not really new but it gets a smart addition in the form of machine learning mechanism. In Android P, whenever a user will make manual adjustments to the screen brightness, the OS will remember that particular setting for that particular lighting condition. Accordingly, the OS will automatically make the same adjustment to the brightness in the future when it would encounter similar lighting condition(s). So, a user will have to make such an adjustment possibly just once.

Predicted Actions – This functionality is supposed to predict actions when a certain app is being used. For example, connecting headphones would resume or start the playlist which the user might be listening to most. Clearly, Predicted Actions will be based entirely on the usage pattern of various apps.

Assisted features – Through a new Dashboard, users will be told about their time spent on various apps in order to help them evaluate and perhaps, reconsider the amount of time they give to different apps. This feature will also help developers in knowing how much time different users are spending on their respective apps. For instance, YouTube app will tell the user the amount of time he or she spent on the app. Accordingly, the user will be able to set a time limit for YouTube and once that limit is past, YouTube app will be greyed out for the remaining day.

Android P new features

Adaptive Battery – Through machine learning, the OS will study the usage pattern of a user in terms of which apps are used most and the ones that are used less frequently. Based on that, the battery will be prioritized for the most-used apps while it will be spent much less on the less-used apps.

A new feature called Shush will turn off all sorts of notifications, other than from the starred contacts, on putting the phone screen-down on a table. Lastly, a Wind Down mode will darken the screen with a grey-ish tone when it’s time for a user to sleep.

All these features shall be made available to experience through Android P Beta in the handsets mentioned above. Also, OnePlus announced that this Beta will be available on its next smartphone, OnePlus 6, as soon as it is launched on May 15.

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