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Slices in Android to offer interactive quick dips into apps

Slices in Android to offer interactive quick dips into apps

Today's Android P beta may give users a new way to switch between apps, but sometimes you really don't need to jump all the way in and have access to an app's full functionality, when the use of a much more targeted subset of those features would suffice. Google's been working to overhaul the way Android lets apps work like this, sharing elements of their interfaces within other apps. Now we're learning more about how this mode will operate, as Google fills us in on app Slices.

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Android P has a new and incredibly awkward ring mode shortcut

Android P has a new and incredibly awkward ring mode shortcut

When it landed a couple months back, Android P delivered significant changes to the volume button dialog, relocating it to be closer to the keys themselves while setting media volume as the new default. Unfortunately, that latter change meant it's a bit harder to actually change ringer modes without tapping the screen.

In the latest developer preview for Android P, Google has added a new configurable hardware key combo that lets you press volume up and power simultaneously to set the ringer mode to silent or vibrate, giving us a complex and counter-intuitive solution to a problem that didn't need to exist. 

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Adaptive Brightness in Android P will be powered by machine learning

Adaptive Brightness in Android P will be powered by machine learning

Google's giving everything an AI these days, including things as mundane as the brightness slider for your next phone. The Adaptive Brightness setting goes all the way back to Android L, but starting with Android P, it will be powered by the alchemy of machine learning. 

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AI-powered 'App Actions' in Android P will offer contextual suggestions for... pretty much everything

AI-powered 'App Actions' in Android P will offer contextual suggestions for... pretty much everything

Android P is going to bring a lot of changes to our favorite mobile OS, and one of those is called App Actions. The concept should sound familiar: Android will attempt to offer you suggestions on what to do next with your phone.

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Gesture navigation officially announced for Android P

Gesture navigation officially announced for Android P

Earlier today, a leak revealed that the next Developer Preview for Android P would include iPhone X-like gesture navigation. Sure enough, Google has confirmed the feature at today's keynote presentation. The software nav buttons introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb are now gone, replaced with a swipeable bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Android P will have a new Adaptive Battery setting for extended life

Android P will have a new Adaptive Battery setting for extended life

Earlier today, a handful of Android P DP2 features leaked out which included mention of a new Adaptive Battery setting. The new feature will allow you to "limit battery for infrequently used apps" (an incredibly technical description, if I've ever heard one). Ostensibly, the phone prevents apps from doing... something by learning how you use them over time and limiting some undefined aspect about them. 

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[Update: Video] Android P DP2 possible leak shows navigation gestures, home button that becomes a scrolling bar, adaptive battery, more

[Update: Video] Android P DP2 possible leak shows navigation gestures, home button that becomes a scrolling bar, adaptive battery, more

We're taking this leak with a grain of salt: it's either a perfectly executed set of Photoshopped images (along with very accurate timestamps) or the real deal. Supposing that it's real, Gabriel Bryne, whom I can't find anything tangible about, has somehow managed to get his hands on the Android P DP2 beta and installed it on his Pixel. He then did what any sensible man with a super secret Android release would do and took a bunch of screenshots and images of the interface.

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Android P feature spotlight: Here’s how to bring back System UI Tuner

Android P feature spotlight: Here’s how to bring back System UI Tuner

Sometimes Google takes features away, but sometimes they're just hiding. Turns out, Android P still does have the System UI Tuner that we previously thought was removed. It's just not user-facing anymore. Interested parties can still access that hidden list of UI modifications, you just have to do it the long way, and we've got two methods here. 

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Android P feature spotlight: Apps built for Android 4.1 or lower may be blocked from running

Android P feature spotlight: Apps built for Android 4.1 or lower may be blocked from running

While Apple regularly clears its store of apps not supporting the latest iPhone models or hardware architectures, Google has only recently started to lay out similar requirements for Android apps. In December, the company announced that Play Store apps would have to target an API level no more than 1 year older than the current codename release. In other words, after Android P comes out, all apps submitted to the Play Store would have to target for Android 8.0 Oreo or above.

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Android P feature spotlight: The Bluetooth icon disappears from the status bar when disconnected

Android P feature spotlight: The Bluetooth icon disappears from the status bar when disconnected

With many connectivity options on our smartphones nowadays, it's easy to see how things can get very crowded on your status bar. LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC get added to the time, battery level (and percentage), alarms, and maybe DND or hotspot icons to create a super cluttered status bar. Android has been allowing us to customize this in System UI Tuner for a while, and it has also made a few choices like removing the NFC icon when it's not actively transmitting data, even when NFC is on. The same is happening for the Bluetooth icon in Android P.

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