Android P is being launched by Google to celebrate their ten years of Android which is offering great new features and capabilities for users enabling a more intelligent and safer way to access your smartphone.
Android P will have a new dashboard that tells you how often, when, and for how long you are using every app on your phone. It will also allow you to set limits on yourself. You could give yourself a half-hour of Instagram per day, for example. Once your 30 minutes is up, the icon will go from its usual eye-catching gradient to a dull gray scale.
Google is trying a lot to make navigating around easier than ever. The new version of Android comes with iPhone-esque navigational tweaks, including a simplified navigation bar that at some times minimizes to just a home button which can be swiped to move around.
Besides, Android P brings a major improvement when it comes to battery life. Google has teamed up with its DeepMind subsidiary to create a new Adaptive Battery tool that utilizes machine learning to predict what apps you access the most, and then adopt battery performance to this.
Android P allows users to separate work apps from no-work services. These are then sorted into a different tab on the app drawer, next to a toggle switch which can disable them, providing a much easier way to relax.
“When we launched the first Android phone, it was with a simple and bold idea,” said Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Android, “now it’s more than just as smartphone operating system.”
“Android has helped fuel the shift of computing from desktop to mobile….AI is going to profoundly change industries.”
For the first time, Google is also making a beta version of Android P available to users of non-Pixel devices, with products from Nokia, Oppo, OnePlus, Sony and Xiaomi, all able to get their hands on a preview.It will be finally released alongside the next generation of Pixel phones later this year.