Google Shows Off Android P With New iPhone X-Style Gestures

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    At its Google I/O event taking place in Mountain View, California this morning, Google showed off features that are coming in Android P, a new version of Android that's set to launch this fall.

    Google is focusing on three parameters for Android P: Simplicity, Intelligence, and Digital Wellbeing. Android P has a new gesture-focused interface, which is similar to the interface that Apple introduced for the iPhone X. "The new design makes Android multitasking more approachable and easier to understand," said Android Engineering VP Dave Burke on stage, after explaining that Google has been working on it for more than a year.

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    Android P does away with the standard three button home, back, and multitasking lineup that's been available on Android devices for the last several years.

    Instead, As with the iPhone X, there's a little oblong navigation button at the bottom of the screen that enables several gestures like swiping up to access a card-like interface that displays a search bar and recently used apps. A single upwards swipe goes straight into the app overview, which includes a list of recently used apps as well as a search bar and five predicted apps at the bottom of the display. You can swipe through the apps to go forwards and back through them.

    A second swipe up on the button icon opens up an All Apps screen where all of the apps installed on the device are located for quick access. "Architecturally, what we've done is combine the all apps and overview spaces into one," said Burke.

    A walkthrough of the interface is available at 2:26:00​

    As might be familiar to iPhone X users, the swipe up gesture works from anywhere in the Android phone, no matter which app is being used, while a tap brings you to the Home screen. Swiping left or right in a "Quick Scrub" gesture lets you swap between your recently used apps, something taken directly from iOS.

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    All of these gestures look and feel a lot like the swipe-based gestures that are used on the iPhone X to do things like access the Home screen and switch between apps.

    Google is focusing on digital health tools in Android P, which is something Apple is also expected to feature in iOS 12. There's a new Android Dashboard that's designed to let you know how much time you're spending on your phone and within individual apps to maximize for meaningful engagement.

    The feature will let you set time limits on apps, and after a set amount of time is spent in a given app, the app's icon will be grayed out for the rest of the day to discourage you from continuing to use it.

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    Google is also introducing Do Not Disturb features to silence calls, notifications, text messages, and other alerts. Do Not Disturb can be enabled automatically through a new "Shush" feature that will activate whenever an Android smartphone is turned face down. This automatic activation silences all incoming alerts with the exception of starred contacts so you can still be reached by key contacts in the event of an emergency.

    A new Wind Down mode is designed to help Android users prepare for bed. You can set a specific bed time, and when that time rolls around, Do Not Disturb will be enabled and the phone's entire interface will turn gray to discourage people from continuing to use their devices.

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    In addition to these features, Google is also introducing Adaptive Battery and Auto Brightness options based on personal preferences. With Adaptive Battery, an Android-enabled device predicts the apps that you'll use in the next few hours and expends battery life only on what you're going to use, restricting it from other apps. Google says testers have seen a 30 percent improvement in battery life.

    As for auto brightness, it will adjust the brightness of an Android device based on personal preference. It learns how you like your brightness settings in given places and at certain times of day and it sets it for you.

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    App actions are being added to predict what users want to do in an app next, offering up shortcuts (another iOS-like feature) to help users do tasks like make a phone call or send a message more quickly. Google is also introducing "Slices," a new developer API that will let "slices" of an app be rendered into various parts of the UI.

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    Search will be the first implementation. So when a user searches for an app like Lyft, the search results will include a slice that displays the price for the ride and allows a Lyft to be ordered without having to enter the app.

    Google also announced a new ML Kit feature that's similar to Apple's recently announced CoreML machine learning API. ML Kit will let developers access APIs for barcode scanning, landmark detection, smart replies, text recognition, face recognition, image labeling, and more. Developers will also be able to tap into Google's cloud-based machine learning technologies with several ready-to-use models available. ML Kit is cross-platform and available for both iOS and Android apps.

    Dozens of other features are coming to Android P, like simplified volume controls, improved notifications, better screenshots, and more, which will be outlined by Google over the rest of the week.

    Android P is available in a beta capacity starting today on the Google Pixel and several other flagship devices from various companies.

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    Great. Another thing to note when having a debate with an android fanboy about who copies who.
     
  3. berrymetal macrumors regular

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    It's unbelievable how heavy android animations are...
     
  4. Appleaker macrumors 68020

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    Regardless of the fact they have been ‘inspired’ by Apple, at least they’re copying something good and not implementing a pointless notch in the next pixel. The navigation is simpler and similar to iPhone which will be helpful for customers switching to either platform.
     
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    Second-best (at best) copy. Probably won't even be available on 95% of the android population of phones for a decade.
     
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    Google and Samsung have not copied the lawsuits that Apple loves.
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    That's a good thing for those that like choice and hate these navigation guestures.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    In terms of “Copying”, I don’t think Android copies Apple or vice versa, I think they are both vastly different in their own ways in terms of software. That gives the consumer an option of what they want in different platforms. Its usually hardware that others blame Samsung copying Apple for.
     
  8. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    rofl. If Apple can't innovate, why is el Goog copying Apple's two most controversial features?
     
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    Android is starting to look really clean nowadays. I give them that. Also this freaking annoying bar is nothing to be copied.

    Everytime i see an iPhone X my OCD goes into overload with this annoying bar at the bottom. I wish this could be hidden or its transparency adjusted to basically from 0 to 100.

    I would like for Apple to copy some of these ideas. The Do Not Disturb and app engagement features sound neat! I would LOVE this rotation button on iOS
     
  10. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a

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    No. Still Android copies iOS.
     
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    Apple still leads the way IMO. Companies seem to always get it later.
     
  12. emiaj macrumors regular

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    The demo uses last year’s pixel 2, and the next pixel (which comes this year) will have a notch... if you noticed the details of the developer preview of android P, on the interface part they actually stressed that it “enhanced for displays with notch”... if you pay attention to the notification bar on the demo, the icons are already separated as two groups, one on the left, another on the right, leaving the center area blank.

    The real “pointless” thing here is that they replaced the buttons with gestures, but the gesture indicator occupies the same display area. The whole point of implementing gesture based navigation is reduce and eventually remove the function area and leave the display space for the content.
     
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    Perhaps you should read the article again.
     
  14. kuwxman macrumors 6502a

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    Copy or not, Android improved on the iPhone X experience with the suggested apps and search box.
     
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    Seriously, at this point, who cares
     
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    Let me know when Apple finally lets me set Do Not Disturb to specific days of the week for one thing. It’s so pathetic and should have been there from the start. I am amazed it has yet to be added. Such an obvious thing
     
  18. baller1308 macrumors 65816

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    So I guess it's not going to be named after candy/sweet. Just going with Android P. Similar gestures like the iPhone, but some differences. Not sure I would want know my app usage, might be alarmed.
     
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    I don't, but it's nice to use facts when debating people.
     
  20. Pupi macrumors 6502

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    All the iPhone X haters here must be frothing at the mouth from Apple’s stock soaring to the iPhone X defining the smartphone panorama out there, both at a hardware and software level.
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Thanks for the suggestion. But that other member commented that it ‘Was another thing to note when having a debate with an android fanboy who copies who’, when the reality is, they (Android) does not copy everything directly Apple does in the same in aspect. The same argument can be made the Apple copies Samsung in their own implementation of software, it’s a frivolous argument and both software is vastly different from each other, otherwise you wouldn’t have such loyalty for those who appreciate iOS or for those who only like android.
     
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    WHY DO ALL PHONES LOOK THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!! :eek::confused:o_O:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
  23. emiaj macrumors regular

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    Every year on I/O it’s like this. If you go back to watch the keynote last year, Oreo was referred to as “android O”. The demo is named with only one letter, but when the final version arrives in September, the dessert name would be unveiled.
     
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    Definitely some major improvements to the Google Assistant here. Multiple requests & continued conversation both are huge improvements over the current state of AI Assistants. Apple is going to need to bring some big improvements at WWDC to Siri or they're going to fall even further behind.

    That said - I do wonder how well these features will work in the real world. How often will the Google Assistant do something by mistake because you started talking to someone else? Seemed to work well in the demos, but we all know that demos are you usually tailored to be fairly fool proof.
     
  25. springsup macrumors 65816

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    The Google Assistant is way better, but all the other cutting-edge features like native AR and machine-learning model support comes from iOS.

    The "cards" UI arguably comes from Palm.
     

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