Android at I/O 2018: Google’s smarter play

As expected, Google devoted a good chunk of its I/O 2018 stage and press time to Android. But unlike previous I/Os, Android wasn’t just an independent, major Google product among other Google products. This time, it was part of a bigger whole. If there were one pervasive theme in Google’s entire conference, it would be the use of machine learning and AI to make our lives easier and better. Naturally, that theme applies even to Android and not just in a future version but even starting very soon.

Google had a lot to say about Android P, of course, including how it will be smarter and, therefore, easier to use. In other words, machine learning will automate and predict a lot of things you would often have to do manually. Adaptive Battery, for example, will be smart enough to prioritize system resources for a user’s favorite or most used apps. There are also new App Actions that present the actions, you’re most likely to use at a certain context or situation, from plugging in a headset to long pressing on an icon.

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