Last year Google released it’s brand new Android 8.0 or we know it has Android Oreo. Majority of the smartphones have not even received an update for Oreo but here Google is again releasing the new version of it’s smartphone operating System. So the new Android 9 is officially here and currently named as Android P.
So if you receive the update for this Android Version here are the list of features you might want to check out:
1. New Navigation System
With Apple ditching home button on it’s latest iPhone X and going on gesture based navigation, here Android also catches up and in the latest version it’s also giving up on it’s 3 button navigation and going with gestures. The pill like on screen button appears at the bottom of the screen and it can be used to perform all the navigation functions. It’s work is as follow:-
- Tap the Pill or button to go to Home Screen
- Swipe up to access recent apps screen
- Swipe up twice or long swipe for App Drawer
- Back Button appears in certain Apps/Menus
2. UI Changes
Just like from Kitkat to Lollipop the Android interface saw lot’s of visual changes, but after that from Lollipop till Nougat there were not even minor UI changes. But in Android P there are a lot of changes in UI. The recent screen now shows the screen cards in a different way. All the Quick Setting icons are more rounded and Settings page is more colourful. These little tweaks in the design are a little refreshing from what we are observing from the last 2-3 years.
3. App Actions
With the Android Oreo Google brought app shortcuts in which you could long press the app icon for the shortcuts. This feature was handy one for majority of the audience but this time Google has moved forward and is about to bring App Actions and App Slices. Your app’s specific function could be directly accessed without even opening the app. For example the person you contact the most will show on the app drawer at the specific point of time of the day when you usually contact him/her. Google is using AI for this.
4. AI Everywhere
This time a lot of focus during the I/O event was focused on AI, with Google assistant making calls on the user’s behalf etc. But with adaptive battery also Google is using it’s AI capabilities to get the maximum out of your battery. In Adaptive Battery Google will use AI to observe the phone usage pattern and hence save the batter where as possible by limiting the CPU performance during the specific time when you don’t use your phone much.
5. Digital Wellbeing
With Digital Wellbeing Google is trying to fight your addiction to Application Usage. The Dashboard here will give you the information on App Usage i.e. how much time of the day you usually spend on using a particular app and you can also control it by limiting the time of the app usage. This will be one of the feature that I would like to test in the Android P.