Google released Android P Beta in the recently held Google I/O. It showcased some features. We will tell you about the features and how it can improve the smartphone experience.


Android P Gestures

Image : Android Police

Google has added Gestures for navigation. You have to enable it in Settings, then you can use gestures (instead of the conventional three-button navigation system) to navigate between the apps.

After enabling the gesture feature, you will get a dock at the bottom (instead of three-button navigation system). Swiping up the dock will give you access to the recent screen which will have previews of opened apps. You can press the dock once to go home (just like the home button). You can access Google Assistant by long-pressing the button. You can swipe right the dock to go to the last app. You can hold the dock to scroll slowly the recent apps list and release it to open the app you want.

The back button appears wherever it is necessary (or where you have an option to use back).

Input and data privacy in background apps

Google has introduced some background restrictions for third-party apps so that they should not collect data without user’s permission. The company has limited the ability of background apps to access user input and sensor data. Now, the app cannot access the microphone or camera (in the background). Sensors that use the continuous reporting mode, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, don’t receive events. Sensors that use the on-change or one-shot reporting modes don’t receive events.

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Adaptive Battery

The company has added new features to improve device power management. Now users can manage which (third-party) app should run in the background. The feature is based on AI and it determines user’s app usage and then it assigns the power. It limits battery for apps which user doesn’t use much.

It also uses AI to determine what level of brightness user want, and manage brightness according to the data.

Screen Rotation


The company has added rotation lock mode. In this mode, users can lock their screen to any rotation supported by the top, visible Activity. This will help in screen orientation.

Volume Bar

Volume bar is present on the right side of the smartphone, which makes one-hand usage easier. The volume bar changes the volume of media by default.

The company has added a shortcut for switching to vibration/silent mode. A user needs to press Volume Up and Power button simultaneously to enter the vibration/silent mode.

Notification Bar

Google has added Manage notification button, which allows users to see notification stats and manage notifications (like whether they want to receive the notification from an app or not).

Android Dashboard

It gives a visual representation of user’s smartphone usage. Basically, it will tell users about the activities performed with the help of graphs and stats.

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App Timer

This feature will help users to limit their usage of any specific app. The user can set the timer for using an app (like how many minutes he want to use the app). after the timer runs out, the user will not be able to use the app.

Black Status Bar

Android P has the black status bar. which can improve the user experience on smartphones which have Notch.

Did you like the features? Or you want some improvement? Tell us in the comments section.

(Source – Android, Image – Wikimedia, Android Police, Android)

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