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  • - Google I/O is here and that means

  • we finally know what's happening with Android P.

  • Company's focusing on three things:

  • A simpler interface, an intelligent interface,

  • and this thing they're calling "digital well being".

  • What's that all about?

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  • So, the new Android P beta should be available

  • pretty much right away on a whole bunch of devices,

  • like seven or nine devices.

  • It's on the Google Pixel 2 XL, which I have here.

  • You can also get it on a OnePlus 6,

  • Nokia phones, et cetera, et cetera.

  • Anyway, I wanna show you the most obvious thing

  • you're gonna see on this beta of Android P

  • because, oh my god, they took the home button away.

  • So, what you do is you give it a little swipe up

  • and that takes you to the overview screen.

  • All of your apps are listed horizontally here.

  • They're even live, so you can, like, long press on something

  • and have it do a search for that thing,

  • or copy the text or whatever, which is kind of cool.

  • If you give it a longer swipe up, or a second swipe up,

  • it takes you to all of your apps.

  • And it lists your most-used apps or, sorry,

  • the AI-detected apps, what they think you're

  • gonna wanna use, right there at the top.

  • And that's also in this half swipe up down here

  • at the bottom, which is pretty neat.

  • There's a little tab, also, for your work apps.

  • So if you really want to, you can just

  • turn those damn things off, because who wants work apps?

  • One last little clever thing with that button,

  • if you just slide it over to the right,

  • you can get to that list of your most recent apps

  • to jump into them.

  • So it's a really quick way to switch between apps.

  • And then, of course, when you're in an app,

  • the home button is there.

  • To go home, you can just tap it to go home.

  • And, the good old back button is there, too,

  • if you want the back button.

  • Notifications: things are basically the same,

  • but there are some really nice updates.

  • So, if you start dismissing stuff a bunch,

  • eventually it'll ask you if you just wanna

  • stop seeing those notifications.

  • You can long press on a notification

  • instead of remembering that weird little

  • swipe over to get to settings.

  • And then there's just a plain old

  • "manage notifications" button at the bottom.

  • When you tap on that, it takes you to a list

  • of your most recent notifications

  • and then you can just turn those things off

  • because they've been annoying you lately.

  • So it's a much faster way to handle notifications.

  • Now, this is just some of the stuff on Android P.

  • There's a lot more.

  • There's all the stuff about digital well being,

  • there's a bunch of AI stuff.

  • And so I want to talk about that stuff now.

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  • Now, because this is Google and because Google

  • can't string more than five words together

  • without saying the words "AI",

  • we're talking about AI again.

  • AI is built into Android in a few different ways.

  • There's a new machine-learning kit

  • so that you can make your own intelligent apps,

  • and that works on both Android and iOS, actually.

  • But, in Android itself, AI is gonna watch

  • what apps you use and then shut them down intelligently

  • to save battery life.

  • It's also gonna adjust your

  • brightness automatically for you.

  • I don't know, saying that that's AI feels a little

  • bit buzz-wordy and a little bit overkill,

  • but it should, hopefully, give you better

  • battery life in the end.

  • What are some of the things that are more intelligent

  • that's happening on the phone now?

  • - Right, and so, there's the whole premise of this

  • is, you know, we think smart, we call them smart phones,

  • but, you know what, they could be a lot smarter.

  • - Okay. (laughs) - And they could be

  • a lot more intelligent and, you know, what does that mean?

  • Well, in our case, it's really we think

  • the phone should adapt to you.

  • One area that we've worked on which I like a lot

  • is what we call "adaptive battery".

  • It's a project we did with DeepMind.

  • It uses on-device machine learning

  • to figure out which apps you're gonna launch next

  • and which ones you're not gonna launch for a couple hours,

  • and which you may not do 'til the evening, if at all.

  • That's one example.

  • Another is auto brightness.

  • Now, in pretty much every modern smart phone today,

  • we'll look at, it has a light sensor

  • and it will adjust the brightness depending on the light.

  • But it doesn't take into account you're preferences, right?

  • Or your environment.

  • And so what we've done, it'll actually learn

  • how you move the brightness, given different

  • lighting conditions and then it will do it for you.

  • - So, one of the things that Google's doing in Android P

  • is they're introducing these new terms.

  • There's a "slice" and there's an "action".

  • And they're basically deep links, which means

  • that an app has got something you want to do

  • deep down inside the app, but you wanna do it

  • somewhere else in the operating system.

  • So if you do a search for Lyft,

  • it just surfaces a link to just go home

  • and it jumps right into the app to do that.

  • Or, if you want, if you are opening up your app drawer,

  • there's a couple little things inside the app row

  • at the top that lets you jump right into some action

  • you do all the time.

  • Like, you know, call your significant other

  • or open up Seamless when you get home

  • because, let's be honest,

  • you're gonna open up Seamless when you get home.

  • You're lazy as hell.

  • Those are all the whizbang features that

  • are gonna make you more productive with your phone

  • and use your phone more and they're all great.

  • But, Google's doing this whole other thing

  • that's designed to get you to use your phone less.

  • - Digital well being, for us, is a theme,

  • is a set of capabilities we're putting into Android

  • to help people become more aware

  • of how they're using their device.

  • And then be in control, have a set of controls,

  • where they can decide how they want

  • to change that behavior.

  • So one of the ways you're doing that is you have this thing.

  • What do you call it, the dashboard?

  • - [Sameer] Yeah, there's a dashboard.

  • - Is it just a lot more checkboxes

  • for people to have to look at?

  • Like, are you finding that people are actually

  • finding value in this thing?

  • - The first step is awareness.

  • And that dashboard is pretty straight forward.

  • It shows you how much time you spent on your phone each day,

  • what apps you spent that time in,

  • how many times you unlocked your phone,

  • how many notifications you've received.

  • And then it lets you drill down on those things.

  • And then the next piece of it is:

  • okay, so how can the software help me

  • if I want to change my behavior?

  • So that's where we're putting a bunch of capabilities

  • we're calling, you know, user controls.

  • So, you can set a time limit on the amount of time

  • you want to spend in an app.

  • And so I could say, for example, I only wanna spend

  • thirty minutes a day in YouTube or in Instagram,

  • or my favorite game, maybe Subway Surfer, right?

  • And another situation that we find people

  • really talked to us a lot about was

  • trying to be fully present for something.

  • And the phone, perhaps, not helping with that.

  • So, Do Not Disturb's being improved where I can...

  • When I turn on Do Not Disturb,

  • now all the visual interruptions go away.

  • - So it doesn't show notifications on lock screen.

  • Not only does it not vibrate, it doesn't

  • show anything at all. - No vibrations.

  • Basically, no interruptions.

  • - So after that really brief look at Android P,

  • what do I think?

  • Well, I'm kind of hopeful.

  • I really love the idea of exploding apps

  • out into the rest of the phone,

  • so that you can just do a search and jump

  • right to the thing you wanna do.

  • And, I'm really intrigued by the idea of using apps less

  • 'cause, I don't know, I use Twitter way too much.

  • If you take those two ideas together, what's really

  • interesting is Google's trying to set up a system

  • where you think about your phone less.

  • Both because it does stuff for you automatically

  • through AI, and because you just use your phone less.

  • And maybe we could all stand to do that.

  • But even though I'm hopeful, that doesn't mean I'm naive.

  • Android has a huge update problem; it always has.

  • And the theory is that this new Treble system

  • they've developed is going to get it on more phones sooner.

  • We're making a good step here.

  • It's gonna shop up on, like, seven manufacturers

  • in beta right away.

  • And we should have it on a bunch of phones,

  • not just Pixel phones, by the end of the year.

  • But, Google has to execute because every year,

  • we see a great new version of Android

  • and then we have to wait to get it on the phones

  • that everybody buys: Samsung phones.

  • I would really like to see them fix that

  • this year with Android P.

  • Thank you so much for watching.

  • If you like this video, there's another video

  • over at Verge Science you should definitely watch.

  • It's about eye charts and are they actually useful

  • for helping you see if your vision's any good

  • and why they're always all the same.

  • You should go check it out.

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