Google launches Android ‘P’ with gesture-based navigation

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New Delhi: Google isn’t ready to tell us what the “P” in Android P will stand for: pistachio ice cream, peanut butter, pretzels or presumably, the name of some other edible treat. And yes, the successor to the current version, Android Oreo, leverages Google’s prowess in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Google has revealed more details and a new beta of the next version of Android which is currently referred to as Android P. While the developer preview was available for select devices some time ago, the search giant has now opened it up for public beta, while also expanding the number of devices for which the beta will be available. During the Google I/O 2018 opening keynote on Tuesday, we got a glimpse at the new look of Android and all the features that it brings with it

Who will be able to try the new Android P

Android P won’t formally launch until the fall. But if you have a Google Pixel or such other phones as the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH‑1, you’ll be able to try Android P in beta starting Tuesday, assuming all the usual risks that come with running pre-launch software.

It’s interesting that none of the Galaxy handsets from the leading maker of Android phones, Samsung, are on the beta list at this stage.

Gesture-based navigation

With Android P, Google has taken the first step towards gesture-based navigation. While the traditional three buttons are available for navigation, you can switch to having a single bar visible and use gestures for navigation. Swipe up on the bar once and it opens up recent apps, swipe up again to open up the app drawer.

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