5最重要的 Android 派更新
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android 派可能是多年来最重要的 android 更新之一。谷歌不仅改变了 Android 的导航方式, 而且还改变了我们与手机的互动方式, 以及手机与我们的互动。该更新的首要目标是使我们的手机更少分心, 更少的压力, 并让人们控制他们的注意力, 他们吸了多少。这都是关于接受通知和应用程序过载。
Android 派有很多新的东西, 但我的钱, 这是最大的交易。Google 将向您展示您在每个应用程序中花了多少时间。而且, 更重要的是, 它会让你设定时间限制你使用它的时间。
你可以每天限制自己到一定的时间--比如说, 15 分钟或一小时。之后, 应用程序的图标将变灰。当你尝试使用它, Android 不会让你。相反, 一个弹出窗口会告诉你, 你已经达到了你的时间限制。甚至没有一个按钮来忽略它, 让你打开应用程序反正。(如果确实需要, 您将能够返回到应用程序, 但您必须返回设置并删除您的时间限制。
谷歌说, 它可能会调整到底是如何运作之前的功能退出 beta;它还考虑一个选项, 将把你的整个手机黑白色的时候, 你应该上床睡觉。两个都是好主意。特别是在过去的一年里, 人们对我们花在看手机上的时间的抱怨有所增加。现在已经有了一段时间的家长控制应用程序, 但没有一个类似的服务, 让成年人为自己设置限制。
这些功能并没有马上提供给大家。如果你有一个像素或像素 2, 你可以开始测试他们现在, 但其他手机将不得不等待。这听起来像在 10月, 当 Google 运送下一款像素手机时, 这些功能可能会更广泛。
Fewer notification annoyances
Notifications are a smartphone necessity. They’re also the absolute worst. Google is trying to do even more in Android Pie to get them out of your face. For one, it’ll suggest muting an app’s notifications if you keep swiping them away. But the even bigger thing is how much it’s beefing up Do Not Disturb.
Now, when your phone enters Do Not Disturb mode, you’ll be able to set it so that notifications don’t appear on-screen at all. Nowhere. Not on the lock screen. Not even in the notification drawer. You’ll also be able to turn on Do Not Disturb by flipping the phone facedown on a table. And if your phone is set up to separate your work apps from your personal ones, there’ll now be a toggle to mute all of them at once, which should be great for vacations or even just the weekend.
It’s been more than six years since Google last made a substantial change to how you navigate Android. Since 2011, it’s been all about those three on-screen buttons: back, home, and multitask. But now that’s about to change.
In Android Pie, Google begins to transition over to a gesture-based control scheme. At first, you’ll just see the home button. You’ll swipe up to multitask… but, uh, you’ll also be able to swipe right to multitask. There’ll be a back button, but only when an app can actually use it.
In some ways, this new control scheme will definitely complicate things, especially for less smartphone-savvy users. It’s hard to beat always-present buttons. But the gestures begin to move Android toward a much more flexible way of controlling the operating system, and one that, eventually, will likely help to free up screen space, too.
During the beta, Pie’s gesture controls didn’t get the warmest reception, but fortunately, you’ll have an option as to whether or not you want to use them. In fact, the gesture interface won’t even be activated by default — you’ll have to go into settings and turn it on yourself if you want to use it.
This one is overdue, but I’m still very excited about it. In Android Pie, you’ll be able to edit and mark up screenshots after taking them, instead of having to jump over to another app. There’ll also be an option to take a screenshot from the power menu, which will be handy for when you inevitably forget the multibutton shortcut.
Smarter app search results
Android’s built-in search is getting a lot more capable in Pie. Now, instead of just pulling up icons of installed apps, it’ll be able to pull up things you can do inside of apps, too. So if you search for Lyft, you might also get buttons to hail a ride to your home or office, saving you some extra button presses.
The app drawer will also use that ability to intelligently suggest things for you to do. So instead of just presenting the button for Seamless, it might also show you a prompt to reorder your last meal.
This feature isn’t supposed to launch until the fall, and it isn’t available to beta test, although it looks like some of Google’s default apps already support suggestions in the app drawer.
How to try it all out
Android Pie is available now for the Pixel, Pixel 2, and Essential Phone, so if you have one of those devices, you can start installing right away. If you have a phone that had access to the Android Pie beta — the list is right here — then Google says you should get the update “by the end of this fall.” Some Android One phones will get the update in that timeframe, too.
If you have a Pixel or Pixel 2, you can also choose to start beta testing the digital wellbeing features that aren’t widely available just yet. To get started, you’ll first have to update your phone to Android Pie, then you’ll need to go to this sign up page and enter the email account that use for the Google Play store on your phone. That’s basically it.
And a word of good news on this beta: it doesn’t require that you install a full beta version of the OS. Once you accept the beta features, they’ll just appear within Pie, and you can opt out of them at any time. That means if they’re causing any problems on your phone, you can easily remove them without disrupting the rest of your device.
Update August 6th, 2:25PM ET: This story was initially published after the announcement of Android P; it’s been updated to reflect the operating system’s release.