Android P is 2018’s big Android update and it is packed full of AI-powered features that will make sure your smartphone is more battery-efficient, simplify your life and help you manage your time better. It also includes new looks, better security, new media support, and much more. Android P Beta has been announced and released. We break it down for you below.
Note that this is not the official public release of Android P. This is a beta version for individuals who want or need to try out the software. The official public release will happen later in the year.
What Is New In Android P Beta?
Here are the features of Android P that Google announced today.
Gesture-based navigation. Google is making it more convenient for you to move around your Android smartphone using one hand. New gesture-based navigation allows you to see full-screen previews of your recently used apps. In addition, there are a number of smaller visual changes made to the software.
Adaptive Battery is an AI-powered feature that balances power consumption based on the apps and services you use the most, so your battery can last longer per charge.
Also AI-powered is another new feature called Adaptive Brightness. It helps your phone learns your brightness preferences sets your phone’s brightness depending on time and environment.
Google has included a suite of Digital Wellbeing apps that help you battle smartphone addiction and achieve a healthier life.
To switch your phone to Do-Not-Disturb mode, just flip it over on the table. Voila! All notifications go away and you can have some peace and quiet. This goes by the name Shush. Apt; right?
The new Dashboard shows you how you are spending time on your device, including time spent in apps, how many times you’ve unlocked your phone, and how many notifications you’ve received.
If you think you are using an app too much, just use App Timer to set a time limit, and once that limit is crossed, the app icon will grey out on you.
You know that saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” There is an app for that now and it is named Wind Down. When it is bedtime, it will enable Do Not Disturb and switch your phone screen to greyscale.
Want To Try Android P Beta?
As expected, Android P Beta is available right away on all Google Pixel devices. But in addition to those, Google has partnered with a number of smartphone manufacturers to add seven (7) non-Pixel devices to the list of eligible smartphones.
Do not forget though that this is beta software, so if you are not ready to deal with bugs and glitches, do not try this at home. If you are a developer and would like to run Android P beta in order to test your apps, or you are just in for the ride as a tester, head to Android Beta page to enrol and get going.