Takeaways from Google I/O 2018

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When it launched the first Android P developer preview earlier this year, Google confirmed the Android ecosystem will be assaulted by a plethora of iPhone X clones. According to the tech giant, the assistant is a potential boon to busy people and small businesses which don't have websites that customers can use to make appointments. They're the backbone behind everything you can do in Assistant with third-party services and apps, and since Assistant is spreading its tentacles everywhere these days, they will become more and more fundamental to the way we interact with our phones, speakers, TVs, and other smart devices.

The Google News has "For You" section which makes it easy for users to stay up to date on everything you care about all in one place. You can get Android P on a wide-variety of devices, including the Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro and the upcoming OnePlus 6.

Who Gets the Android P Beta? It is highly recommended that users back up their devices before installing the new update just in case something goes wrong or if one wishes to switch back to Android Oreo.

Also, the time is now displayed on the left side if the notch instead of the regular right side placement. Google says the technology is rolling out as "an experiment" in coming weeks.

With the introduction of a new feature - Smart Compose, Gmail can now autocomplete entire mails. For example, you can create a Custom Routine for family dinner, and kick it off by saying "Hey Google, dinner's ready" and the Assistant can turn on your favorite music, turn off the TV, and broadcast "dinner time!" to everyone in the house.

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Google Maps also gets some new feature at Google I/O 2018. What was remarkable and also eery, was that Google Assistant was able to pass itself off as human to the caller as it carried out the task. This would be possible as the Assistant would understand nuances of a conversation. Next, to open the multitasking tray which is now completely changed, you need to swipe from the bottom but do it for a little longer.

Google news is getting an overall upgrade that focuses on highlighting quality journalism.

These UI designs from third-party apps exist, for now, only within the search bar but Google expects to add these in overall Android P UI in the stable version of the OS.

The cool thing about Duplex is that it enables the Assistant to relieve you of mundane tasks, like having to make a restaurant reservation or a hair salon appointment. The most of important of these is the replacement of old navigation buttons with gesture-based navigation control.

Google's new Dashboard that provides detailed information of time you've spent on your phone isn't available for the Android P beta yet.