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Android Advisor Issue 50

Android Advisor is your go-to source for everything Android, from smartphones, tablets and the best mobile apps to wearable and in-car tech, optimised for the small screen of your mobile device. Whether you're new to the Android operating system or a seasoned user, you're sure to find something you like in Android Advisor's wealth of analysis, reviews, features and tutorials. Android Advisor will not only help you to choose the best phone or tablet for your needs, but also to get more out of that device.

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12 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
everything google revealed at i/o 2018

Google always pulls out the stops for the keynote at its annual I/O developer conference, and this year was no exception. Google I/O 2018 lacked the flashy flagship hardware that defined previous keynotes – nary a new Chromebook, Pixel, or Google Home could be found – but it still managed to shine, thanks to some serious improvements to the software and services underlying the entire Google ecosystem. Hardware is nothing without software that tells it what to do, after all. And at I/O 2018, Google’s software was focused squarely on making the Internet more about you through the power of machine learning. Let’s dig in. Gmail Smart Compose Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked things off with Smart Compose, which is basically Gmail’s Smart Reply cranked to 11. Whereas Smart Reply would scan your…

6 min.
android p public beta

As expected Google released the open public beta of its new operating system, Android P, at its Google I/O event on 8 May 2018. It’s an update that brings noticeable visual change along with some quite dramatic gesture controls. For the first time you can download the beta on more than just the past few Pixel phones – see page 22. We’ve been using P (confectionary name TBC) for a few days by now, so here’s a run-down of what we think about the new look including new gestures, menus, settings and adaptive features. We downloaded it onto a Pixel 2 XL and it’s a bigger overhaul from Oreo than that OS was from Nougat and there’s a lot to unpack. Design Google introduced what it calls Material Design into Android in 2014,…

2 min.
how to download the android p public beta

There’s a new Android P Public Beta that is available on more than just Pixel devices. You’ll also be able to install it on select devices from Nokia, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo, and can check which are compatible at fave.co/2jI53oW. Should you install Android P? If you’re curious, have a compatible device and are reasonably techy, then why not. You can get a good look at what’s in store for Android, and if you don’t like it or find it too buggy you can simply revert to your previous operating system. Before you begin you should take the necessary steps to ensure all your data is backed up. Install Android P Public Beta Downloading Android P should be simple with Google’s Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA…

3 min.
google reveals a more personal maps

Machine learning can give you a version of the Internet tailored to fit your specific needs and wants. Google has been beating that drum for years, but the vision manifested itself in fresh, impressive ways in an overhauled Google Maps app revealed during the company’s I/O keynote. And then Google knocked our socks off with a thrilling vision of how augmented reality and computer vision could radically transform walking directions in the future. A redesigned Explore tab and a new For You tab will make Maps more personal for each of its one billion-plus users in the coming months, as the interface will be populated with restaurants, businesses, and activities from your local haunts. The focus will be on interesting events (such as new store openings) and personal recommendations to get…

8 min.
11 google assistant you should be using

Google has had voice search features in Android for years, but when Google Assistant rolled out on the Pixel in October 2016, everything finally came together. You can now get Assistant on all modern Android devices, and Google has already announced new Assistant features at I/O 2018 that will make it even better (okay, and maybe a little too real, in the case of Duplex). It can be easy to miss the improvements if you don’t obsessively keep an eye on the news, so here they are in one place: the 12 coolest new features in Google Assistant. 1. Sync connected smart home devices Google Assistant supports numerous smart home devices, but you might notice that devices you’ve just added to your account don’t always work right away. That’s because Assistant isn’t constantly…

4 min.
5 google lens features we can’t wait to try out

We all know Google as a powerhouse for search results when we’re entering text into a search engine, but the substantial improvements to Google Lens announced at Google I/O today effectively transform the AI service into a real-time search engine for the world around us – all with the help of on-board camera apps. Here’s what we’re looking forward to the most. 1. AR integration with Google Maps Sometimes, especially in unfamiliar cities, it’s hard to tell which direction you’re facing, even when Google Maps shows you right where you’re standing. Soon, though, you’ll be able to activate your camera in Google Maps and see helpful contextual information for the scene you’re looking at in the real world. Simply raise your camera, aim it at a scene, and you’ll see information about various…