The next hot thing happening in the world of technology is that the successor to Android Oreo, Android P
's features has been unvieled.
As always their custom, the official name of google's android P has not yet been disclosed. It will be released when the full version is released. The beta version could however be tried out by interested individuals.
Outlined are the key feature of the new android version: Battery-saving features
Android P comes with interesting battery-saving features. App Standby Buckets categorizes apps based on how frequently you use them and allocates battery power accordingly. It essentially limits apps’ access to device resources. That is, the apps you use the most won’t be restricted by the system and apps you never use will have strict restrictions imposed on them.
Also, the new Adaptive Battery uses on-device machine learning to predict “which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you won’t use until later”.
Another feature called the Adaptive Brightness goes a step further than the ambient light sensors that help adjust brightness on most phones. It takes your environment and activities into account, learning your personal brightness preferences over time to make sure your screen is never too bright or dim. Gesture-based navigation system
The latest Android P comes with the removal of the traditional navigation buttons. It's now left with a button right in the center which acts as a home button. You can tap it to go home or long-press it to bring up Google Assistant. Swiping up from the new home button and will bring up a screen called Overview. You can also drag the home button to the right to quickly scroll through your apps.
The idea of there being no back button may seem wierd but Google deems it irrelevant. You won’t see it on the home screen, but it will pop up when you’re in an app.
At last,The Do-Not-Disturb Dominance
Android 'P' Preview. Source:Wikipedia
In pursuance of it's new Digital Wellbeing
initiative, which seeks to help you balance technology use and your life, Google has come out with many features.
Shush is a new gesture that automatically enables Do Not Disturb mode when you turn your phone screen-down on a flat surface. Calls and notifications except those from specified contacts won't come through.
An alternative way of activating the Do-not-disturb is to press the volume up and power buttons at the same time to turn your ringer off. This feature can be toggled off in the settings.
In addition to Shush, there a feature an automatic Do Not Disturb mode that switches on Night Light when it gets dark. Timing and User engagements
The Android Dashboard feature shows exactly how you’re spending your time on your phone, including what apps you use the most. It correctly tells you how many times you’ve unlocked your handset and how many notifications you’ve received.
Still going more miles, a YouTube feature will notify when you’ve spent a lot of time watching videos. After watching videos for an hour, the app will tell you that you’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube and ask if you want to take a break.
The new resourceful android version comes with timers that lets you set time limits on apps. After the time limit expires, this feature will automatically display the app icon with a grey colour throughout the day with the aim of reducing your usage.
The operating system also predict the next thing you’ll do on your smartphone. Activities like making a call to a favourite friend or going for an exercise will appear in bubbles at the top of the launcher when the system thinks you will want to use them.
These predictions are made based on one's habits - if you go for an exercise every day at 9 am, your device will show you your favorite fitness app around that time. These intelligent features mormally won’t work with your favorite apps unless the developers implement them. That to say that they work with dedicated API's.
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