Android P- the successor of Android 8.0 Oreo – is it just another version?
Android P is expected to launch later this August, have a lot up in its sleeves, will it turn to be the greatest releases of all time in the Android journey, well in this releaseyou got, GESTURE for navigating the UI, Digital Wellbeing, App Timers, Adaptive Battery, etc…
Gesture based UI Navigation
Since Honeycomb the Android 3.0, we all were used to the three-button navigation system, now it’s time for us to bid goodbye!as the new Gestures based navigation system was introduced inandroid P, it completely changes the way we used our navigation system if you are an android user for many years.
So how does it work now?
- You have to tap the pill shaped home button to go home
- You can access back button, when its needed in certain apps/menus
- Swipe Up – for Accessing the recent apps page
- Swipe Up twice or long swipe – for app drawer
One of the interesting announcements of Google I/O 2018 is a new company initiative called “Digital Wellbeing”. The idea is to quantify and inform people of how long they are spending with technology, and to potentially reduce the problems caused through heavy use. The features in Android P help you limit your time spent on your phone, the OS was designed to limit visual disturbances, unnecessary interactions and to reduce notifications, that makes it easier to get information you need in a short time.
Ah! The initiative should come from us, when it is about using our phone less, not waiting for someone to help you.
The Android P, P is for Pie.
It’s a feature that restrict you from using a certain app after some x amount of time spent in it, and it has tools to easily turn do Not Disturb and switches the screen to a monochrome colour palette to tell you it’s time for bed.
With Android P, the battery life gets better by the Adaptive Battery feature, similar to the adaptive brightness that automatically adjust the display’s brightness based the environment and use, so does this feature, it examines the use of your phone to limit CPU usage for the apps that is not used frequently. Based on the machine learning, google says the CPU usage can be lowered down to 30% and it gets better as you use the phone more and more.
The rest of the bonus are “built-in screenshot editor”; “Volume controls appear on the right of your screen instead of the top”; “Zoom pop-up when highlighting text”; “Do not disturb is more customizable and easier to understand”
IS it the performance improvements and new cool features we expect more than the privacy, it’s a good question to ask ourselves and be aware of the data scandals that’s happening around us, as we are willingly giving / sharing our personal information as part of our socializing? Alright, that’s another topic for a discussion, as far as the Android P is concerned, new features that helps you in productivity and security, but there is a learning curve in terms of getting used to some of the new changes.