Android P: Our complete guide Google releases Android P Beta 2 with inclusive emojis. Android P Beta Hands On at Google IO 2018
Here are all the new features in the new version, and you can read more in our Android P hands on.
Along with some minor design changes and developer APIs, the second Android P beta introduces more than a hundred new emojis. Part of the unicode 11 update, Android P now features more inclusive emojis. You’ll find a number of genderless emojis, as well as emojis with multiple skin tones and hair colors (or no hair at all). If you want to see all the new emojis that will make their way to your phone in the near future, you can get a glimpse at Emojipedia.
Navigation Bar Changes
If you decide to use the updated Navigation Bar with home button gestures, you’ll notice the Overview icon will no longer appear. You may also notice the Clear all icon is missing in the new navigation setting as well, but not to worry, it will be making a comeback. According to a tweet by David Burke, VP of Engineering for Android, the feature will make a comeback in a future beta update.
You’ll also see more customizations for the Navigation Bar in Android P. With Navbar Apps, you can easily change the color and background of the navigation bar. In the future, you’ll also be able to add custom widgets to the Navigation Bar.
Dashboard is a new feature that helps track the amount of time you spend on your device. With Dashboard, you can see how long you’re using your phone to send messages, stream content, surf the internet, or even make calls.
With certain apps like YouTube, you can even receive recommendations to take a screen break. You’ll also be able to set up screen time limits for specific apps.
Wind Down Mode
Wind Down Mode is a new feature that is also meant to improve digital well-being. With Wind Down Mode, you tell Google Assistant when you would like to go to bed, and it will automatically put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode and switch your screen to grayscale.
Adaptive Brightness uses A.I. to determine your preferred brightness settings. Once it understands your preferences, it can then make the necessary adjustments depending on your lighting conditions.
One of the biggest changes to affect most users will come in the form of improved notifications. Specifically, Google wants to make notifications a little more useful — meaning you’ll be able to do more without having to open a full app. Now, from notifications, Google will suggest smart replies, allow you to attach photos and stickers, and type your own replies. It all comes about because of Google’s new “MessagingStyle” notification style, and we can’t say it’s a surprising change — especially given the fact that the company recently launched an initiative called “Reply,” which allows notifications for messaging apps to show smart replies.
A new way to prevent accidental screen rotations
Android P also brings a host of new gestures. New gestures include holding the Power and Volume Up buttons to prevent ringing, and swiping up on the Home button to see your recent apps. The option to silence your phone by turning it over, once only available on a handful of Android devices, is now baked into Android P.
Google Maps is coming to the indoors
Google Maps is the most loved and most used navigation app, but to date it has largely only worked for driving or walking outside — not for large indoor places like malls. That, however, is about to change. A new feature basically includes added support for “Wi-Fi Round Trip Time,” or RTT, which allows for more specific positioning through Wi-Fi. All that is to say, indoor positioning, in places like malls, is about to get a whole lot more precise.
PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY UPDATES
Improved battery life
One significant change in Android P is one you’ll never notice: Android P will feature some major Android Runtime (ART) enhancements. The ART enhancements allow apps to rewrite their own execution files on the device, meaning they’ll launch faster and use less memory.
- Android Runtime enhancements
- Cutout support
- Better security