Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2018 20:06 UTC
Android

Ten years ago, when we launched the first Android phone - the T-Mobile G1 - it was with a simple but bold idea: to build a mobile platform that's free and open to everyone. Today, that idea is thriving - billions of people around the world rely on their Android phone every day.

To make Android smarter and easier to use than ever, today we're unveiling a beta version of Android P, the next release of Android.

There's tons of new features, mostly about Android trying to anticipate what you want to do next. Android P takes Android's already pretty good inter-application communication a step further, by exposing actions and even parts of applications outside of the applications themselves, with App Actions and Slices.

App Actions, for instance, help you get to your next task more quickly by predicting what you want to do next. Say you connect your headphones to your device, Android will surface an action to resume your favorite Spotify playlist. Actions show up throughout Android in places like the Launcher, Smart Text Selection, the Play Store, the Google Search app and the Assistant.

Actions are a simple but powerful way for helping you get what you need quickly; but what if we could surface part of the app itself, right when you need it most? Slices do just that, giving you an even deeper look into your favorite apps. If you search for "Lyft" in Google Search, you can see an interactive Slice that gives you the price and time for a trip to work, and it’s interactive so you can quickly order the ride.

Other than that, Android P also brings gesture navigation to Android, to deal with phones with smaller bezels. Furthermore, Google put a lot of emphasis on what it calls "digital wellbeing", which aims to make you more aware of how and how often you use your phone. For instance, a feature called Wind Down will make the screen go black and white at a chosen time, encouraging you to put the phone down and go to sleep, and Dashboard gives you detailed information about how you use your phone.

The beta version of Android P is available starting today, for Pixel phones and a variety of other phones.

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Not all that significant
by wocowboy on Tue 8th May 2018 21:53 UTC
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Member since:
2006-06-01

Nothing much to see here, since "P" won't be installed on any significant number of phones for years to come, other than Google's Pixel phones, and they do not sell in significant enough numbers to be relevant as far as Android is concerned. This is still Android's Achilles heel, OS updates have to be "tested" by device manufacturers and carriers, and each is allowed to overlay their sometimes godawful skins on top of stock Android as well as stuff their phones full of duplicate apps and bloatware that cannot be removed.

I am sure that there are some nice new features in P, but I won't be concerned about it. By the time it can be installed on a current Android phone, "Q" will have been released at next year's Google I/O.

Edited 2018-05-08 21:53 UTC

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RE: Not all that significant
by woegjiub on Tue 8th May 2018 22:47 in reply to "Not all that significant"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

We're all perfectly aware of that, there's no need for people to point this out on *every single article* that discusses new features in Android.

Yeah, we'll have to wait to use it.

Yeah, it's still worth knowing about because it's still cool new stuff we'll eventually use.

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chuzwuzza Member since:
2005-07-06

Additionally, things actually are better now with Project Treble. Because of that, the P Beta is being released on a bunch of non-google phones. See https://developer.android.com/preview/devices for the full list.

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RE[2]: Not all that significant
by Yoko_T on Thu 10th May 2018 19:04 in reply to "RE: Not all that significant"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

We're all perfectly aware of that, there's no need for people to point this out on *every single article* that discusses new features in Android.

Yeah, we'll have to wait to use it.

Yeah, it's still worth knowing about because it's still cool new stuff we'll eventually use.


Google put a lot of emphasis on what it calls "digital wellbeing", which aims to make you more aware of how and how often you use your phone.

Like this crap? If you don't already know this, what the hell are you doing with the phone?

God save the human race from the Teletubbies!!!

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RE: Not all that significant
by Vistaus on Wed 9th May 2018 09:18 in reply to "Not all that significant"
Vistaus Member since:
2018-03-21

I just hope it gets more testing than Oreo, 'cause the Oreo rollout is still on hold for some devices because of stability issues. For example, the BB KEYOne was supposed to get it in March but it's nowhere to be seen because of the stability issues. And BB has upgraded their Android phones to newer versions before so it's not like it was a false promise. Now if P gets better testing, the rollout might go smoother and faster. Not to many phones, as you point out, but some flagships like BB's phones, Samsung S*, etc. could get it faster if it's more stable and less buggy due to better testing.

Edited 2018-05-09 09:18 UTC

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RE: Not all that significant
by evilbastard on Wed 9th May 2018 15:26 in reply to "Not all that significant"
evilbastard Member since:
2006-03-22

Android P Beta has been opened up to phones from Samsung, Nokia, LG, Motorola, One Plus to name a few.

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