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Google launches Android P Beta with user-friendly OS updates

Google launches Android P Beta with user-friendly OS updates

Now that a number of you have had a solid day to play with Android P Beta on your Pixel or Pixel 2 (maybe Essential Phone too!), we need to talk about Android's new gesture navigation.

Users can set the time limit they want to each app, which is probably the best and most direct way to manage how much time people spend on their phones. The first release based on the upcoming Android P went out in March. It took some getting used to on the iPhone X but after six months, I find it much more seamless to use than a home button.

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

Calls for regulating the tech industry to protect users' privacy have been indirectly met with Google's announcement that it will collect more information from users when they use Google Lens. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the auto, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based vehicle infotainment systems. Google Maps will now have a StreetView AR overlay that will point you in the right direction by simply pointing your phone at the street.

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We are talking about the infotainment system Sensus next-generation Android operating system. Google Photos apps will also get several handy AI powered tools that would make image editing simpler and effective.

This is a big change and a message that the latest Android updates might happen much sooner on its flagship devices. Apart from the Pixel devices, the feature will support handsets from LGE, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ and Asus. For instance, Google is making inroads with bringing a more conversational aspect to Assistant so things feel much more natural than they already do. It would not have the multitasking button that shows all the apps running in the background. The Google Assistant feature uses lifelike audio to, for example, book a haircut. This is coming to Google's phones, of course, but that's not all.

Google says that "Pretty Please" feature would launch later this year.


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