Android P beta: How to activate and use the gesture navigation

Android P beta: How to activate and use the gesture navigation

The OS makes it convenient for the user to use the smartphone with just one hand.

"We really want to work hard to get this right", said Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who kicked off the conference. I don't need to be interrupted every time I get an email message or someone mentions me in a tweet or even when my favorite news sites post something they think is urgent. Meanwhile, the company is being more lenient on background activity limitations for health and fitness developers. The more you use your phone, the better the AI understands.

The Google Photos app aims to get smarter about suggesting who you might want to share photos with. It has 8 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM.

Other changes are more immediate.

Although I applaud companies for acknowledging potential overuse or misuse of their products, I also appreciate the limitations of what they can accomplish. These cards will include small microphone and camera icons so that users can see, at a glance, whether an app operating in the background is using their device's camera or microphone. But the real people in those calls didn't seem to be aware they were talking to a machine.

The assistant will be able to answer questions, like, "What service are you looking for?" or "What time are you looking for?"

In addition to that, the smartphones that will receive the Android P update will receive hundreds of other improvements underneath the hood, including security and productivity. But he did say the company "can't just be wide eyed about the innovations technology creates". With that, users can schedule a time at night when the super-stimulating, colorful screen display changes into boring - and ideally, sleep-inducing - black and white. It has introduced adaptive brightness that will tailor make brightness settings as per the user's usage pattern.

Next up is Android Marshmallow, which still remains the second most widely distributed Android version. One especially significant upgrade will be the newest, improved, and simplified setup approach. At least, to begin with. Besides the typical Pixel and Nexus devices, the Beta Program is also available for the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH-1. In a demonstration, Google pointed Lens at a lamp, which generated a list of similar lamps almost instantly.

AI experts have in recent years called for legal or ethical guidelines that could help curb that kind of mischief.

Google last week updated actions that its assistant can perform on smartwatches powered by its Wear OS software.

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