Asurion tech experts have been testing Android Pie, the latest operating system from Google, since it first rolled out to select devices in August 2018. The overarching theme of the update is to make our phones less distracting, using new artificial intelligence to make them work smarter so that a better tech life balance is achievable. Here’s four updates our tech experts found notable:
New swipe gestures will make it easier to switch between apps, access settings, and open the app drawer. You’ll also notice more integrations between apps. If you search a movie title, for example, your phone could recommend purchasing tickets on Fandango or watching the trailer on YouTube.
Screen time awareness
Android Pie will help you manage screen time through its new Dashboard feature that breaks down how often you use your phone and specific apps. You can even set timers to keep yourself in line. Some apps, like YouTube, will automatically send an alert if you’ve exceeded your limit.
Longer battery life
Android Pie uses artificial intelligence to learn how you use your phone and prioritizes battery for the apps you use most. If you’re someone who checks Facebook every day at breakfast, but then not again until lunch, your phone won’t devote battery to Facebook between those hours. The Adaptive Brightness function will also help extend your battery life – it monitors how you adjust your screen brightness in different lighting situations and will begin automatically adjusting it for you.
Improved Do Not Disturb features will make it easier to focus on what’s important. For example, Shush mode automatically activates DND when you put your phone face down. Another cool feature is Wind Down mode, which slowly shifts your phone to grayscale when it’s time for bed, so you don’t end up mindlessly scrolling until midnight.
Other new features to look forward to:
- Screenshot editing: mark up screenshots by adding text, drawing, or highlighting.
- Google Maps improvements: see the inside of buildings on Google Maps with Wi-Fi.
- Notification tracking: see where your notifications are coming from and mute the ones you’re not interested in.
- Lockdown mode: disable fingerprint unlocking to keep your phone even more secure.
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