Google announces launch of Android P at Google I/O 2018

Google at I/O 2018 unveiled Android P Beta (aka Android P Developer Preview 2). The build is now available for Google Pixel devices, as well as devices from manufacturers that have implemented Project Treble. These include the Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, Vivo X21 UD, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Users of these devices will need to enrol in the Android Beta program, and will then receive the build via OTA in roughly 24 hours. Google at I/O 2018 also unveiled other new features coming to Android P with the latest Developer Preview 2 release, ones that were not revealed with Developer Preview 1 that was launched back in March.

One of the biggest new features that Android P Beta (aka Android P DP2) brings is Adaptive Battery, designed to give users a more consistent battery experience. Using AI and on-device machine learning tech from DeepMind, the new Android P feature adapts to your usage patterns to prioritise battery power for the apps and services you use the most. They are divided into ‘active, frequent, rare, and working set’, and then assigned different battery prioritisations. This, the company says, will help users squeeze the most out of their Android devices on a daily basis. A statistic shared is up to 30 percent reduction in CPU wake ups.

On a lighter note Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company has also fixed the burger and beer emoji’s for which it was trolled last year.

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