Which is your favorite new feature coming in Android P?

Which is your favorite new feature coming in Android P?
OK, Google just announced the new features to come in Android P and there's quite a bit to be excited about! While select smartphone users are now able to install the beta and enjoy some of the new features, the rest will have to wait until whenever the full version hits their handset in the latter half of 2018 or later.

So, what's there to be excited about? The major new additions are:

Gesture-based interface — the home button turns into a mini-scrollbar, which lets you swap between apps or open the app drawer via simple swipes.

Digital Wellbeing — your phone will let you know how many times you've been distracted by a notification, how many times you've unlocked it, and how many hours in total you've spent staring at its screen. That, combined with a refined DnD mode will help you achieve "better balance with technology", Google says.

Adaptive Battery — we've been hearing promises for battery life improvements for years now — Project Volta, Doze, improved Doze, and now it's Adaptive Battery. Basically, Android P will use deep learning to know which apps need to run in the background and which ones can be killed to save power. Of course, it's probably much more sophisticated than that.

App Actions — going one step further than just offering you the top 5 apps you are most likely to use in this very moment, App Actions will display shortcuts of actions within apps that you are most likely to be performing during this time of day and your current location. So, it can suggest a call, a favorite Spotify playlist, an Uber order, and more.

These seem to be the 5 major new features thus far. Which one would you say is your favorite?

What's your favorite Android P feature?

Gesture-based interface
Digital Wellbeing
Adaptive Battery
App Actions



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

None of the above.LOL.

2. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

disappointing update (Pixel 2 XL Owner)

7. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I think the new animations are fantastic! Wasn't sure I'd like the gestures with the app switcher, but it's like a well thought out version of the iPhone X half pull from the bottom that works really well.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The word "disappointing" is too nice. It's frightening to see Google's lack of vision in the future of Android.

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

"The word "disappointing" is too nice." Your life seems “terrible” or I can say "piyath-etic. But hey my condolences are with you.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I cannot be sure if this is lack of vision or pragmatic business decision; the most powerful OEM partners of Google in the Android ecosystem are Samsung and the Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei etc. All these Chinese OEMs -and Samsung to a lesser extend- tend to copy Apple notoriously. Even if Google didn't see any big reason to follow Apple's footsteps towards a gesture based interface, the most commercially successful OEMs would anyway do so with their respective skins. So, this is the only way for Google to keep some control and consistency in their own ecosystem; to basically follow the wishes of their clients and kurb their overenthusiastic iOS copying tendencies by offering their own version of a middle of the road solution between blind copying and totally different interface. If brands like Sony, Motorola or Nokia were more successful commercially, then Google would have more creative freedom.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nothing compelling but I suppose adaptive battery and slice apps could be ok.

4. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The adaptive battery sounds awesome! Indifferent about the gesture stuff. The digital well-being is interesting and I'm also indifferent about app actions.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Adaptive battery without a doubt. Would be nice to see smartphones breaking the 2 day barrier. And as for gestures; I love them but Google's implementation seems half baked, for some reason. Google should've copied iPhone X's gestures 1:1. Oh well...

17. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

Easy, android 2.2 with these 3000-4000 mAh batteries. 3+ days even

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not necessarily.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The adaptive battery would easily be my favorite feature... if I get any sort of distinguishable increase of battery life. But extended battery life has been an annual promise from Google and every year they continue to fall short of my expectations.

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

P is the biggest update since lollipop

8. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Dat "back" button. RIP design.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

They could just make the "Back" action by swiping the Home button to the left (from the central position)

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Gestures are currently optional and not on by default

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I downloaded the beta Android P. The navigation buttons stayed the same as the past several versions of Android, I had to go into the settings to enable gesture navigation. It's, taking a bit of time to get used to, but it's starting to grow on me. I appreciate the minimalistic approach to the interface.

12. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

the name will be: Android iPhone with a apple droid

14. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Swipe gestures are cool. Side scrolling task switcher is lame.

15. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Gestures, adaptive battery, digital wellbeing, app actions and slices too! Liking this update much more than Oreo. Glad to see gestures being natively part of android as my first smartphone was a Palm Pre and I loved webos especially the gestures it was a joy to use! Hope Google takes inspiration from webos going forward with the gesture additions to android.

16. andrewc31394

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

all of them are great except the new system navigation. they basically just took the recent apps button and hid it behind a swipe gesture, seems like adding extra steps to me. and swiping up to see your apps? are we really that desperate to take that much off of the home screen as possible?

18. afjmd

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Battery saver without using orange frames

19. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Just downloaded and have been trying out the update. I do like the visual upgrades to the os and the speed. I tried out the gesture based navigation and wasnt that much of a fan. I do not like that in order to slide up the app drawer that it pulls up the multi task menu first then you have to slide up again to get to the apps

20. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

webOS multitasking cards is alive and well. Ok Verizon & TCL company, give me a Palm Pre slab phone. :-)

23. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 59; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

No thanks

24. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

New animations .

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