Android P to stop apps tracking and gathering data on users

Sheri Evans
May 11, 2018

Another shortcut to enter the split screen mode is to hold down the recent apps button in the navigation bar but it too doesn't work anymore in Android P Beta. A digital well being dashboard will tell you how much time you spend on your phone and offer measures to restrict your usage.

It was in the month of March this year when the Android P was rolled out to the developers.

The App Timer will be also a great feature of Android P. Users will get a nudge once the phone's battery reaches to end.

Keep in mind that, unlike Apple, Google doesn't really force its user experience on Android phone makers.

In addition, the media system Sensus will provide access to Google Play, Google Maps and other popular services of the American search giant. ML Kit is a new set of APIs available through Firebase, giving developers on-device APIs for text recognition, face detection, image labeling and other phone functions based on Google's machine learning. Android P's Wind Down feature will automatically switch the display to greyscale and so that it doesn't hurt your eyes and so that you can put your phone down quickly to get a sound sleep. This should show up on Pixel devices in the coming weeks.

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The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the vehicle that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages.

Android TV thrives on apps, and Google's also working to make it easier to configure a new system with the apps you're going to want most. Unlike the previous iterations, this one will be available for both the Pixel and select non-Pixel devices as well. Motorists will be able to use voice assistant Google Assistant. However, unlike Google and Nexus devices, other phones won't be receiving over-the-air OTA update for the previews.

However, some things haven't changed such as the one tap that leads you back to the home screen and holding the home button to launch Google Assistant. After all, you still just have a navigation bar area that is using up screen space, only now it's filled with semi-confusing swipes instead of simple tapping.

Along with follow up questions, you can now ask the Assistant to do more than one action simultaneously.

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