Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Google Lens grows up

Google Lens grows up

Android P is now in Beta and the final version will be released this fall.

Google is promoting Android P as smart and simple with special emphasis on simplicity.

Google News: Google is redesigning the News feature to present five stories you need to know, plus others that it thinks will be most relevant to you. Owners of some Android phones - none from Samsung - can get an early test version now.

As of 8 May, the Android Beta Program offers a download of Android P to receive feedback while the version is still in development.

With the new support for digital subscriptions, users can purchase access to premium content through an Android application that then becomes available in a Google Action, the company announced. For apps, this makes it easier for developers to use Android P's biometric authentication prompt rather than be forced to create their own.

Anyway, the Android P navigation gestures are excellent and, like those on the iPhone, are largely intuitive.

Lens will now show you lookalikes. I'm really hoping for Android Pez or Android Pop-rocks, but Android Payday, Android Popsicle, and Android Pixy Stix would also suffice.

Android P is Googles biggest and most ambitious update to Android yet. This will give you more overall battery life-always a plus. For instance, the car's onboard Google Assistant can help you respond to text messages; the assistant reads them aloud, and you can dictate a response.

Whether you're participating in beta testing or following reactions to the developer previews, you might be considering how the Android P could help your business. You should get a download notification within 24 hours, and once you accept that, the software is installed - all of your existing apps and data should stay in place, like a regular Android update, but we'd recommend doing a full backup anyway, just to be on the safe side. This time Google announced that the Android P beta is available for several devices including Nokia 7 Plus and OnePlus 6.

Google at its I/O 2018 annual developers conference this week gave the attendees and people watching around the world a number of reasons to jump with joy.

With Android P, Google wants users to spend less time on their phones and more time on real human interactions. Now the final version of the OS went finally official and soon we will see the first devices running it in the market. But if you do want more bass, there will be a wireless subwoofer available. You can set time limits on your apps to limit their usage. The new Do Not Disturb mode silences not just the phone calls and notifications, but also all the visual interruptions that pop up on your screen.

You will also be able to set a specific bedtime, at which point "Wind Down" will turn on night light and DND, as well as fading your whole screen to greyscale.

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