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Android P Hands-On: Swipe Right

Android P Hands-On: Swipe Right

– [Mr. Mobile] The newest
version of Android is here, and if your phone doesn’t
have an apple on the back, it’s bringing big changes
to the way you use it. From Google I/O in
Mountain View, California, I’m Mr. Mobile. Let’s go hands-on with Androiod P. (fun techno music) If you’ve been following along on the Mr. Mobile Instagram channel, you’ll know I’ve been taking photos around the Google Campus this week with an all new Pixel 2. Well, I’ve just thanked
it for its good service by lobotomizing it, and loading
it with the Beta version of Android P, that’s the
sequel to Andriod Oreo due later this year. And it’s still so young, it doesn’t even have a dessert name yet. Personally, I’m holding
out for Pepperidge Farm, but I think Michael Josh
probably has me beat with his bet here. Anyway, the point is, this is
not yet ready for primetime, but it is ready to show
off a new interface. If you wanna do this
with your own smartphone, I’ll link you to the options
at the end of this video. The reason Android P has
me so jazzed is this, it’s the first time the platform has fully embraced gestures. See, every current Android phone relies on buttons you tap. You tap to go home, you tap to multitask. It’s a proven interface,
it’s one we’re used to, but it’s also one that
can’t help seeming crude once you’ve tried something
like the iPhone 10, or the older Blackberry and Palm phones that that phone is based on. When it’s done well,
it’s almost like dancing with the software instead of poking at it. I know, nerd alert, but it’s true, these little details are super important. Now, a little tip here
from my friends over at Android Central here,
when you finish the update, this is not enabled by default. You need to drop in to
settings to turn it on. Once you do, your buttons
drop from three to two, home and sometimes back. Instead of tapping a square to pull up the multitasking ribbon,
now that happens with a swipe. Your recent apps line up horizontally, you can scroll through them and close them by flicking ’em off the screen, it’s all very familiar stuff. But there is something new and clever. The home bar is also now a slider, so you can browse your recent apps without having to extend
your thumb so far. Bonus feature, you’ll be
able to copy and paste text between apps in the ribbon, eventually, as you can see it doesn’t work at all on my device right now. So there’s potential for
even deeper interactions in these minimized states. Maybe in some distant
future version of Android, these will even replace
or augment widgets. Now, one of my favorite
features of the current build of Android is the quick
double tap to cycle between your two most recent apps. And that’s been preserved in P, you just give the home bar
a quick pull to the right and then release, like
a spring-loaded switch. You even get a nice little
haptic buzz when you do it. And if you’re wondering how
to get to your app drawer, now that the swipe-up is the home gesture, well it’s just a slightly
longer extension of your thumb. It takes some getting used
to, but so does everything. Elsewhere, there are
the usual re-thinkings, cosmetic details like
the way the alerts pop up on the Always On display, the location of the clock is different, there’s more color overall, and gentler, rounded corners, quick replies directly from notifications, which are only these three for now, and also the volume controls have been completely re-thought, they’re now friendlier
to one-handed users, well, right-handed users anyway. And also, whereas before the
rocker adjusted ring volume by default, now it always
controls media volume. You use the button on top to
control Do Not Disturb mode, or the settings cog below to jump in to more granular sound settings. That’s just scratching the surface though. There’s a lot going on under the hood, like battery optimizations
we get every year, and the new adapted brightness that learns your preferences over time. Again, generally I don’t get too worked up over Android version updates, but I think that’s
because it’s been so long since we’ve had an Android version that genuinely changes the
way you use your phone, and does it, in my
opinion, for the better. I’ve been waiting for a
platform as fluid as webOS since Palm died in 2011. And while it’s too early to say yet whether Android P is that platform, well it’s nice that it’s
no longer just Apple trying to recreate it. To try this on your phone, visit the Android Central
link in the description below, and there’s a how-to there
with a step-by-step guide. And, stay tuned for much
more from Google I/O 2018 on my Instagram feed @themrmobile. This video was brought to you by Thrifter, Thrifter is a new way to save money on everything from gadgets to home goods by shopping based on value and not hype. Check out the latest deals at thrifter.com and tell ’em Mr. Mobile sent ya. You folks who stick around
to the end are still the best and you get the explanation
for my weird sounding voice. Yup, I’m still on the
road, still in California, still at Google I/O, so I’m
still using my road-mic. That’s a Zoom H2n, not
gettin’ paid to talk about it, just tellin’ you what it is, ’cause it’s a pretty cool mic. Also, I’m talkin’ into a pile
of pillows on a hotel bed while kneeling on the floor. Don’t ever tell me this
career is not glamorous. Love every minute of it though. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile, my friends.

100 comments found

  1. I really like it on my Pixel XL. The only thing that will take getting used to is the split screen mode now. It was a bit easier previously. And, yes, I use it a lot.

  2. Does the volume controls finally have separate ringer and notification control.

    Its so annoying that I can't have my notifications turned down while my ringer is left up.

  3. Seems like Google is missing the whole point of gesture based navigation, which is to entirely get rid of the navigation bar to recover precious screen real estate… sigh.

  4. I like that there are major changes, but my short fingers might have a problem using the gestures.

  5. Lefties could use a OnePlus or Samsung (when it gets there eventually), their volume sliders are on the left

  6. Funny is that more than half of the world didn’t get the O version and here we have a new one. Peeeee that’s a totally bs

  7. I can care less for the sliding home button. I prefer the on screen buttons which actually works faster than the sliding home button between apps.

  8. Cant wait for Lineage Os 16 (Android P). I'll be interested to see what extra features AOSP Extended and Ressurection Remix bring to these Gestures. Yes its beautiful on the Pixel and AOSP based roms. I'm just Imagining the half arsed implementations non AOSP phones like samsung , LG etc and how bad the UX will be. It dosent matter for me as I will always use custom roms but for 99% of users they will probably get a unintuitive implementation of this feauture.

  9. I used to love Go Launcher when they had the customisable gestures. It worked well and I didn't need a password or pattern (this is before fp readers or face scanners) as I had it so only I could know the gestures for each app on the phone. If Android P delivers then I'm definitely gonna like this one.

  10. I wonder how this will work for phones with capacitive buttons. Are the disabled or is this not an option?

  11. Any way to change the back button to the right side so it's more convenient? Being right handed this is a must for me or it's a bust..

  12. The Homebar is redundant. Gestures alone will suffice!

    STOP embracing the buttons and homebar! Be more minimalist.

  13. Very promising yes. But one thing that Google (and other Android vendors) need to work on, is practical small touches that improve the overall experience, and make the OS feel polished. For instance, after applying a custom icon pack, your recent apps still display the "stock" icon in the recent apps screen, which is really goofy. It's probably a matter of having the recent apps thumbnail frame grab your cached custom icon and display it, but nobody at Google cares, because they just assume that everyone will always use the same stock icons, cause we all have identical needs of course. Another one is the fact that in the early 2000s on car stereos packing very basic SOCs, we started having digital volume controls that adjust from 0 to 100 in a very speedy and responsive way, yet most Android phones today packing powerful processors that could even run a desktop platform. still have 15 levels of volume for music players. That might sound like much but when you actually play music on good headphones, and depending on the album/track gain, you might find that L 7 is too low and L 8 volume is too loud. There is no good reason why Android handsets shouldn't have granular media volume control, but it's just the way it is, because again, the Android developers cater to the masses who play audio on speakers or just don't care. Yes, I know that the Pixel now features a grand total of 25 levels of volume, but in my book that is too little too late. LG has somewhat taken a lead and included an adjustment for up to 75 volume levels on their flagships fitted with the quad-dac, which more credit to them for recognizing the importance of that, but at the end of the day, when you see flagships like the S9, boasting 32 bit/192 khz sound on a 15 level volume stepping, that's just laughable and almost defeats the purpose. Yeah, the little things.

  14. Maybe when Android P comes to the Blackberry KeyOne then the Blackberry will seem more like the old BB10 days (that I miss)


  16. Michael .. tried many phone and do miss windows phone .. iPhone stable and works well at the hospital .. Great Android phone S7/S8 but hate slow to update … final purchased Pixel 2 XL and not greatest phone but love stock android … I think I am done with Apple … Love the videos

  17. One of my favorite mobile review people, Michael Fisher has his own channel. I had no idea you were doing your own thing and thought you had just stopped reviewing phones altogether.

  18. I just purchased a Sony XZ2 Compact. It sucks that the larger phone has the beta but the smaller version doesn't.

  19. I hope the buttons and the position of the clock are optional, I really hate the new location of the clock, and the swipe button. It's basically copying iPhone X, and this is coming from a guy, who thinks the x is ugly, and loves Android, I'm loyal, but not to Android p.

  20. Android P seems like it's going to be a really innovative update that's going to excite a lot of consumers.Definitely can't wait until i get the update.

  21. My phone actually has an option wheter you want the volumr keys for the ringer or the media. And the gestures are not that new to android at all. Actually I operate my phone (android) using gestures and I love it instead of pushing back, home and recent app buttons.

  22. I'm surprised that it seems you don't know anything about the windowsphone, the world's best mobile UI and UX ever.

  23. LOL Given that only, what? 13%? of Android users have Oreo, I'd say about 20% of users will have Pie in about, 2020 :-p

  24. Just got my Note 8 update to Android P (Palm WebOS) I mean Pie. Love that it's so much like the Palm Pre was. I still have that phone (not active) But missed those gestures. So glad it's back!

  25. gestures don't makes thinks fast.reachability is an issue if theres no gestures in the sides.fluid nav app does it better.

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