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Google's Chrome OS to Get Linux App Support

11 Mai 2018

When our Android smartphone gives us that dreaded notification the battery has fallen below 15%, we know its remaining operating time is short.

Later this year, devices running Android P will have access to "a smart battery management system that uses machine learning to anticipate which apps you'll need next", according to DeepMind.

Google has a history of naming Android after sweet treats like candies and cookies (KitKat, Oreo, etc). Now you can explore the wide variety of new features that Android P has to offer. That's not saying there won't be some major new surface improvements, however. This integration is set to bring out a recommended app feature in the Android TV, which will display a bunch of recommended apps for your TV, based on apps that have been installed on your smartphone.

The whole thing is, claims Google, going to be seamless - simply pick the app you want, regardless of the operating system and it will all run within the Chrome OS environment. This is why during the new setup process, users will be able to quickly choose the apps from the suggested list. If you're leery about this change-don't be. The design is very similar to the iPhone X horizontal bar. It also turns on Do Not Disturb mode-which has also been revamped to not only block audible notifications, but also visuals-to help you get ready for sleepy time.

App Timers is another feature that will help you get away from your phone.

This pre-release also undoes one controversial change from the previous preview. Android P will include a feature called "Adaptive Battery" that uses artificial intelligence to automatically manage your battery power.

Google Lens, the company's visual search tool, was announced a year ago at I/O for Google's Pixel devices and later rolled out for iOS and other Android devices, awkwardly through the photos app. All you need is the latest version of this launcher.

Contextual and predictive suggestions will be presented to users (the example given is connecting headphones followed by a suggestion to resume a Spotify playlist). After all, you still just have a navigation bar area that is using up screen space, only now it's filled with semi-confusing swipes instead of simple tapping. Google calls this feature "Continued Conversation" which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Google's Chrome OS to Get Linux App Support