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At the Google I/O 2018 conference held yesterday, Android P was announced officially. The company rolled out the Developer Preview of the OS to users of Pixel devices and select non-Pixel smartphones too. Google touts the latest iteration of the mobile OS to be aimed at simplicity, intelligence and digital well-being. Also, it will leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Given that the Android Oreo successor is now official, we have listed out some of the latest features of this platform over here. Take a look at the new features to know how it will let you focus on your digital well-being and provide you with enough balance between your phone and family time.
Smart Text Selection
If you are switching between apps constantly, Smart Text Selection will recognize the meaning of the selected text and suggest relevant actions. It will make it easy for you to perform the action that you want.
Smart auto-rotate display
The latest iteration of Android OS brings a major improvement to auto-rotate. A new rotation icon will pop up next to the navigation icons and lets you choose if you want to rotate the screen or not for those apps those are used in portrait mode such as Gmail. This feature is aimed at preventing accidental auto-rotate, which is quite annoying.
Usually, the volume interface appears horizontally and it could be annoying if you need to turn down the volume of the audio or video that is playing. Now, the volume interface appears vertically and there are also preset icons for a full ring or mute vibration.
Adaptive Brightness is another feature coming to the OS. This will adjust the brightness based on AI by learning how you like to set the brightness depending on the surroundings.
This feature will prioritize the battery power only for the apps and services those you use the most with machine learning. This way, you will be able to make the most out of the battery life with an enhanced performance.
App Actions aims at offering smarter suggestions and predicts what you will do next. In case a pair of headphones is plugged into the device, the feature will resume your favorite Spotify playlist. The actions will be shown all over Android such as Smart Text Selection, Launcher, Play Store, Assistant and Google Search.
Slices is a new feature offering a deeper look into your favorite apps. If you are searching for Lyft in Google Search, then an interactive Slice will show you the price and time for a trip.
The new ML Kit for developers to make them proficient with machine learning. It is a set of cross-platform APIs available via Firebase. It offers on-device APIs to the developers for face detection, text recognition, image labeling and more. This will let mobile developers build apps based on machine learning.
Redesigned Quick Settings
The Quick Settings interface has been redesigned to offer a simpler and better way to edit screenshots. It has simplified volume controls, efficient management of notifications and more.
The new Android Dashboard will take care of your digital well-being. It will learn your habits, focus on what really matters to you, and tell you how long you have been using specific apps. It will ask you to switch off the app and spend time with your family. The App Timer will let you set limits on apps.
Shush mode is an upgrade to Do Not Disturb mode. It will silence the calls, notifications and visual interruptions that will pop up on the screen. If you turn the phone over on a table, the device will automatically enter the DND mode.
New System Navigation
The new system navigation in Android P is a gesture-based feature. You can swipe up on the home button to see a redesigned Overview. It will also show previews of recently used apps.
Wind Down mode
Wind Down will switch the night light when it is dark and turn on Do Not Disturb mode and fade the screen to the grayscale mode during bedtime. You can choose the bedtime and it will remind you to sleep.
Security and privacy
The latest Android iteration comes with many security and privacy enhancements including DNS, protected confirmations, encrypted backups and more.