The new Android software, the Android P, boasts new software features and this enables the company to show the company’s significant advancements regarding artificial intelligence and machine learning. These features are said to outperform the iOS 11 in some aspects.
During the company’s I/O developer conference, Google revealed a new function called Action and Slices. It is a predictive app system that is used to anticipate what app a user might use next. It is a counterpart of the iOS’s Siri App Suggestions. Meanwhile, Slices are portions of app content and actions that appear outside the main app in the search bar.
It is a big step in the long run when the day comes that operating systems are not merely “virtual ecosystems” on smartphones but a unified experience where app content integrates into other parts of the OS.
Android P also revealed a Dashboard function. It is a measure to help track a user’s “Digital Well-being. ”It also offers in-depth information on how one uses their smartphone and the apps in it.
With the feature, a person could see how much he or she used Gmail on an hourly or daily basis on the weekend compared to weekdays, and how many hours one spent on watching videos on YouTube across mobile and desktop. On the other hand, iOS 11 does not offer the said feature, but it shows necessary information like how big specific files or apps are taking up, found in the phone’s Settings.
Another addition to Android P is the Adaptive Battery feature where it uses AI to track how a people use their phones and find solutions to stop the battery from quickly draining. It also predicts which app a person might use next and apps he or she checks once in a while. The company said that the feature would lead to a decrease of 30 percent in-app startups and make battery life last longer.
On the other hand, tracking battery life on iOS 11 is more manual. There is an auto-brightness setting which prolongs battery life a little, but one has to turn off the low power mode themselves.
Android P will be released in August, a year after Android Oreo was rolled out. However, Google already released a public beta version earlier.