Google has taken the wraps off Android P – the newest version of its Android platform boldly claiming that the newest iteration would revolutionise the way users interact with its latest and greatest operating system.
Key takeaways from last Tuesday’s announcement at Google I/O, an annual developer conference held by Google in California, saw the search giant tout Android P as improving usability, security, privacy and performance.
After the high-profile trials of Facebook over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google has made user privacy a key consideration in its latest Android update.
Privacy is among the top concerns of many smartphone users and Android P is crammed with security and privacy improvements to ease users’ trepidations. Backed with enhanced security protocols, encrypted backups, and more, Android P will allow users to encrypt their backups using a pincode, pattern, or password.
A feature which hit the headlines in recent days were the vast improvements Android P would bring to Google’s Assistant. Google’s Siri-competitor will now be able to call places like restaurants and hairdressers in the background and make the appointment for you.
Dubbed Google Duplex, during CEO Sundar Pichai’s keynote speech last week, Google’s latest AI made a call to a salon to book an appointment for a woman’s haircut. The assistant was remarkably natural, using filler words, pauses and the understanding of context to successfully carry out the booking request and all without vocal input by the smartphone user.
Currently, the Android P is in beta and can be flashed on the Google Pixel, Pixel 2, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 and Essential PH-1 smartphones.