It’s only been a few weeks since Sundar Pichai jumped onto the Shoreline Amphitheater stage during theto present, among many other things, the news that will come together Android P, as well as kick-start the first public beta version , that could beHowever, according to the official launch schedule, the third version for Android P developers is only a couple of weeks away from seeing the light.
And it is that, although it does not seem so due to the, still missing functions and tools to see the light and reach all those terminals compatible with the new version of the system, which for some reason Google did not decide to incorporate in the first public beta. For that reason, today we wanted to review the news of Android P that, despite having been announced, are still to come.
As part of the initiative Digital Wellbeing , Google will integrate in Android a series of features oriented to take off to the users of their phones, or at least make us aware of the time we spend glued to our smartphone and which are the apps that steal the most time. One of these measures will be Wind Down , a system that, in addition to activating the nightlight mode of the screen when it gets dark, It will change the tone of the screen to black and white at the time we normally go to bed.
Following the same line as Wind Down, Android Dashboard will be another added in the system settings, which will show a panel with the user’s history of use with their device. When you access it, detailed statistics will appear how long each application has been used, how many times the phone has been unlocked, or the total number of notifications that have been received . Again, the main objective of this system is to make the user aware of the time he spends with his smartphone.
It was one of the most criticized changes after the arrival of the second Developer Preview, but the team behind Android is willing to give in to the complaints. And is that in this public beta, it is not possible to delete all recent applications through the menu overview -something that, on the other hand,-, and after the criticism, Dave Burke himself confirmed in his Twitter account that this change will be undone in the next beta:
Coming to a Beta near you soon 😀
– Dave Burke (@davey_burke)
The latest news comes from the initiative Digital Wellbeing from Google are the App Timers. As its name indicates, it is an option that allows activate usage limits for specific applications , so that they can not be used for longer than necessary. By activating a limit in any application and using it for the specified time, its icon will turn gray to remind the user that they have already exceeded the limit.
The Slices are, probably, one of the most curious novelties of Android P for the mystery that hides since the first Developer Preview saw the light. Finally, the Google I / O explained what was the purpose of this feature that remained hidden and was driving developers and enthusiasts crazy, and we knew that it was a way to access applications actions and activities from other applications, interactively and simply .
The most important change of Android P is, without doubt, the arrival of gestural navigation to the operating system . Once and for all, Google offers the possibility to get rid of – more or less – the navigation buttons on the screen, and interact with the Android P interface through different gestures that we saw in more detail at the time.
Android P gesture nav is terrible, but I’ve heard from like three separate people that there’s a floating floating around I / O that’s “a lot better.” But none of the people that have seen the new one can tell me exactly how, though
– Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj)
But, as expected, this is an important change in the way the operating system is used, there are failures that must be corrected with the passage of time and new updates . In fact, there are already rumors that say that both Google and others betatesters they have a build of Android P in which the navigation by gestures is something different from what we have seen in this second Developer Preview.