Android set for big update

May 10, 2018

Google has unveiled their most significant overhaul to it's Android OS in recent years. At the Google Developers Conference on Tuesday,  ‘Android P’ showed of its new design, functionality and a shift towards AI technology.  Set for launch in August 2018, Google are releasing a beta version in the coming weeks for various handsets. Those with a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 or Essential PH-1 will be able to take advantage of the beta release, but a notable omission for the moment is Samsung and Huawei.  



For those Android business users who never seem to put their phones down through the day, good news is on the way. The introduction of Adaptive Battery will use artificial intelligence to learn how users use their handsets in order improve battery life.  According to Google’s VP of Engineering for Android, Dave Burke, they have already seen significant results in testing and promise significantly extended battery life for users when it launches.


As part of Android’s re-design,  a new navigation layout similar to that of the iPhone X, will see the introduction of a horizontal bar menu. Rather than having to navigate menus from a home button, users will be able to simply swipe from the bottom to reveal their own bespoke menu. Other notable visual changes include the time moving from the right hand side to the left, and the introduction of a handy volume rocker built into the operating system.  


Another advancement of AI in Android P is the introduction of smart replies. This technology will learn how you interact with individual colleagues or friends, and allow the handset to reply to messages on your behalf. This technology looks like a big future in Google software. At another keynote during their developer conference, they showed off a feature that allows your phone to make phone calls without the need for a human. They say the technology is so advanced, activities like booking appointments over the phone will be effortlessly undertaken by your phone.    


So with a fresh new look and exciting enhancements, we’re pretty sure this will be a popular software update for our Garnell Android users. To stay up to date with the latest news on Android P, don’t forget to subscribe to the Garnell newsletter.    



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