Android P: 3 major features you should know about [I/O 2018]

Cesar Mills
May 10, 2018

As part of this rebrand, the company has also changed the homepage for Google AI so that it features published research on varying subject matters, stories of AI, and a range of tools and resources that users can use. Users will be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request.

If you're an avid Google Maps user, as accurate as the app is, it can be a challenge sometimes to follow the directions.

"We really want to work hard to get this right", said Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who kicked off the conference. By understanding the context of an email, we can suggest phrases to help you write quickly and efficiently. The AI assistant deployed pauses and "ums" and "mmm-hmms" to sound more human in conversation with real people. For example, if you need to call and book an appointment at a salon, Google Assistant (GA) will call the establishment for you and talk nearly like a human to book you a slot.

Further impressive AI features to be announced at the conference included a Smart Compose feature that can write emails for you and the ability to colorize black and white photos using advanced object recognition. Unsurprisingly, it skinned Android P to resemble its existing Sensus interface, which features four constantly updating rows: from top to bottom, we have Google Maps, media, your phone, and calendar entries.

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Machine learning is also at the core of Android P that is built on the key themes of intelligence, simplicity and digital well being. It will also let you order from participating restaurants or order an Uber.

Finally, Pichai wants to push Google's AI capabilities to enhance digital well-being and allow users to achieve a desired balance with technology.

Nevertheless, AI will reportedly help improve the battery performance in Android P. Some of the features that have debuted with the Android P public beta include Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Timer, Swipe Up, Slices, and more. You'll be able to finish the setup on your phone, which should be a lot easier. App screens now sit side by side, and swiping down or up on one will close it.

Are you addicted to your phone? It can show you just how many times you unlock it (constantly), check in on social media without even thinking about it (obviously) and spend hours mindlessly watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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