Android Pie is officially released, focuses on machine learning

7 August 2018, 03:01:46

Android Pie is officially released, focuses on machine learningLast night, Google officially released its ninth major Android OS. The Android Pie builds upon last year's version of the OS and now offers a strong focus on machine learning and ultimately squeeze the best out of your smartphone. One of the areas of applications is the already familiar Adaptive Brightness. It is further improved to smartly adjust your display's brightness according to your surrounding environment (indoors, outdoors, beach, etc.) and what you're actually doing with the device. Machine learning helps the smartphone learn your habits in time, so it will get better and better adjusted to your way of life. A new feature in Android 9.0 Pie is the Adaptive Battery. If you use this feature, your smartphone will automatically optimize applications that are rarely used by cutting off resources in favour of those that are used often or more preferred. There are several levels of app priority - active (with no restrictions set), working set (mild restrictions), frequent (stronger restrictions), rare (strict restrictions), never (severe restrictions). The already existing Battery Saver has been improved. Slices is a new implementation of machine learning, which is aimed at allowing you to perform tasks faster. These are UI templates, which you can customize. They can contain sliders, toggles, scrollers, etc. and are like parts with systemized information from your apps that will appear in your Google Search and later on will be enabled for other Google features such as the Google Assistant. For example, if you're looking for a place to stay in London, your hotel reservation app will show you a slice with hotel suggestions. App Actions use machine learning as well for improving your smartphone experience and raise engagement. They allow app developers to register their app(s) associated with one or more user intents. Google has already created a rich database of users intents to choose from but developers can create customized intents, too. This will help an app to appear as a recommendation to users at the moment they need it the most. For example, the app can appear with a specific function that appears as a shortcut to a contact of yours. It can also appear as a shortcut on the options bar when you select a text, etc. The field of applications is really wide. Android Pie offers a new system navigation. The Task Manager/Overview/Recents can be open by a simple swipe from any app. It tiles the apps horizontally above a Google search bar and a docked row of apps. Display cutouts (notches) are now officially supported in the latest Android OS. The Notification cards offer enhanced experience by including rounded icons for the users in conversations and more in-notification actions such as smart replies, for example. Android Pie also arrives with a Magnifier widget, which allows you to view and precisely select text or any other surface on the screen by zooming it through a draggable pane. The new OS offers improved security and privacy for users plus new camera, audio, and graphics features such as multi-camera API, HDR VP9 Video and HEIF image compression, enhanced audio with Dynamics Processing API. Android Pie is already available as an OTA update for the Pixel smartphones. Devices from the Beta program from Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global (Nokia), Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of the autumn. Google is also working with other partners to provide Android Pie updates to other smartphones this year.Source

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