With all the changes in the new Android P Beta there are some great new features. Not all of them can be the best. Here are five of Android P's worst changes, and how to fix some of them. Leave your comments on your favorite and least favorite changes in the new Android P Beta below!
▶ WATCH our video of the top 5 new features in the Android P Beta: https://youtu.be/uLABtpIIjIU
- READ our article on the "CLEAR ALL" Feature: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/11/android-p-dp2-removes-clear-button-multitasking-view-will-back/
- FIND OUT how to bring the "SYSTEM UI TUNER" back: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/29/android-p-feature-spotlight-heres-bring-back-system-ui-tuner/
- READ our article on the AESTHETIC changes: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/16/android-p-5-least-favorite-changes-far/
- FIX the removal of the "BATTERY USAGE DATA": https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/08/android-p-feature-spotlight-battery-menu-no-longer-includes-per-app-usage-data/
- DISCUSS the new GESTURES: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/09/android-ps-gesture-navigation-bad-google/
- GET the WALLPAPERS: http://bit.ly/wallpapermegathread
▶ WATCH the Q&A with Android Developers at Google I/O 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7E62C9GWFs&feature=youtu.be&t=18m56s
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Least liked !!!! This may take a while. Oms support is gone.that god aweful White isent changeable for settings UI. System UI tuner for most part is gone. Are they keeping notch or not every version has it enable toggle for different points on screen. Is it Android anymore or is it IOAndroid now. Why for one version can't we have clock customizations. Just one version I'd love a center clock lol
Everyone is going to hate P....until next year....then everyone will hate Q....until the year after that....then everyone will hate R. And round and round we go. It happens every year. People hate/are afraid of change. Every iteration of Android has been the best one, that won't change with P. It may take them a few minor releases of P to perfect it, but it will be everyone's favorite in time.
One of the most important missing features is the settings cog missing from the notifications panel, you know have to completely open and pull down the toggles panel to show this settings cog.
For me this was this easiest quickest way for me to get into settings without having the stupid settings icon on my main screen cluttering it up..
Why the double swipe is "inconsistent", if you're in the home screen you swipe up to go to recent apps, and swipe longer to go to the app drawer, if you're an in app you have to do two swipes, the same as you'd have to press the home button and then open the app drawer in previous versions of Android
Clear all removed because people are keep pressing to it and clear all everything. So then android have to process starting everytime you start an app. Maybe they can add clear all button but it just hides everything.
This google only design choices is bs. Adhere to material guidelines should be abolished for innovation purposes. Android 4 had better ideas. Especially being able to not interact with anything from the lockscreen
It seems as if the developers want to make it harder for me to control my device. Key features that took me away from IOS are being taken away from this version of Android, like the ability to access quick settings or control different volumes levels. I think I might keep my pixel 2 at Oreo...
The media volume control display should be on the left side of the display panel not the right side. Why? Because the palm of the hand covers it up so you can't see it moving up or down in landscape mode.
The funny thing about reading comments is how you learn that everyone uses their phone differently. I think that's how you use your phone but I have the exact opposite issue. UI design is hard because you can't account for every scenario. So hard!
When you clear your apps you are ruining your battery life without adding to performance. No matter what you think - the OS algorithms are far better at memory management than you are. Shutting down apps you will use again wastes energy that could be used to improving performance instead. Phone engineers have been saying this for about a decade.
Sure. We know what is actually good for our phones, but a lot of people still want a clean app overview instead. Even if they made a visual change instead of actually closing them, that would be better than removing the close all.
I've always used gestures in Nova launcher for my app drawer, so I just swipe up anywhere on the screen and the app drawer comes up, and if I want the app switcher, I just swipe up from the home button, so it's just that memory of swiping from the middle of my phone or the bottom. It sounds confusing, but actually makes things so much easier.
I've got to be honest, I really enjoy the gestures. I recently went back to the current stable build because I was going to be traveling and didn't want to worry about beta issues. It was really hard to go back to using the buttons once I had adapted to gestures.
Okay kiddo let me remind that this is A DEVELOPER PREVIEW. it's not final changes. And for those in the comments nagging, you're the same crowd that said KitKat was better than Android L in that time. 😂
First, I'm not a kid. Second, we ALL know it's a developer preview/beta. The feedback the Android team received is the reason the "Clear All" feature is coming back. Without providing feedback, we cannot have improvements before the public release. You could simply sit back and take whatever they give you, or actually do something about it like the rest of us.
I use a Pixel phone because I dislike the Samsung UI and much prefer stock android. Oreo tuned for PIxel 2 provides a premium clean and balanced, best of Android and iOS type experience. It looks Android P is a downgrade to a more Samsung like experience so I guess it's either stick with 8.1 or bring on Android Q
The drop down options in the quick settings is my biggest gripe. Plus to connect to a Bluetooth device just tapping the name from the device list doesn't work you have to tap the gear icon then tap connect. The same thing applies for disconnecting a device
Well, basically, I hate the circle coloured icons everwhere on P. I liked Oreo betteer on that regard. Also, I hate the notification bar with that waste of space on top. I know it is for notched smartphones, but they should not obligate everybod to have this.
David McCann I totally understand. I actually use the phone with my left hand despite being right handed. It didn't particularly bother me because I never actually adjust things with the on screen menu but use it as a tangible guide of where the volume is based on the button presses.
You're not using the phone wrong, so don't think I'm saying anything bad about you or your opinion. It's just hard to design something for everyone and I would imagine that either Google didn't even think about it, which the overall design in this beta would lead me to believe, or they went with the lowest common denominator of the majority being right handed. I honestly think they didn't look at the latter as the reason for it being on the right side.
This Is Tech Today That might be the case but being given the choice to do it on screen the left handed are clearly forgotten here. I know I'm not the only one who clicks the volume then changes it quicker with my finger. This will be so much easier if I was right handed with Oreo.
Its also nicer to feel acknowledged and not ignored, imagine 90% of people are left handed and you're the 10% of right handers you'll start to see yourself ignored. If you rotate the screen in android the three menu buttons always go to the right.
I've never actually touched the volume control on the screen, so I just use the buttons even if I use the phone with my left hand. Funny how you don't realize people use a phone different than you until you talk about it, haha.
The left side clock and the 4 icon notification bar maximum are both cancerous as fuck
The removal of the option to hold the recents button to trigger splitscreen means I don't use split screen anymore because it's no longer any more convenient than just switching back and forth between apps, even with regular button the option is gone and with gesture controls the button isn't there to use even if the option was available
Also swiping up on the dock on the home screen should open the app drawer. I don't know why I need to double swipe or swipe all the way up my phone when I'm on home
You don't have to use gestures, but all the bad stuff about the app overview is still there, which I dislike the most. The removal of quick settings is also a bit frustrating. The rest I can deal with.
Fantastic video. A lot of these are obviously in flux, as you mention clear all is coming, and im sure gestures will change a lot until release (remember this is a beta), but for right now, this video is very informative. I wouldn't judge it as final product though.
When the android p beta was released, I immediately flashed it on my Nokia 7+. After less than a day flashed back to oreo. I hate that gesture option. Will just wait for the final release of android p.
It seems like Google is just making changes for the sake of changes. They're no longer improving the UI. They spend time taking away "clear all"? Who actually asked for that to be removed? They take the time to make it so the UI colour changes automatically with the wallpaper but they refuse to give us a simple dark mode toggle. Mind boggling to me.
Ugly visual and messed up layout status bar/notification drawer/quick setting panel is what really turned me off. Glad the vertical multitasking card is still there if you swap to the great old navigation buttons. Oh, and that new icons in setting apps are also ugly tho
Nice video Sir... Google developer should defenently watch ur video so that they can modify the required changes before the final release.. & I don't like the rounded icons, the new guestures like apple.. Oreo ui is far better & convenient than android P (Very decent)
Google apk Love Apple ios.
google love apple
Google is about to create disaster this year and I hate it, google finally going to make people frustrated like samsung's touchwiz does to people back then, and yes apple gestures is far better than android but still I dont like apple.
and yeah! google want people to love ios, i think so.
copying apple is good idea and all does but copying like some cheap $100 smartphone company is disaster. Samsung learned from its disaster of touchwiz ui and fixed it, gave a great phone design and boom samsung overcome its bad name and here, google is going backward, creating bad quality phone and now bad interface.
Not entirely sold by Android P yet but at least they have time to fix things. The gestures definitely don't work as well as iOS (I have an iPhone X as well), and it feels like a half hearted effort to copy Apple at the moment which isn't usually Googles style. I like the idea of being able to choose when to rotate certain apps although when I put them in landscape, I can't get them back without locking and then unlocking the phone, but I'm sure this will be sorted before the full release
The only thing I hate about Android P is the way you can't slide the app drawer without having to see the app switcher. I don't like swiping up twice, or having to swipe once but very long ratio. I like the older way better, just swipe up and apps will show, not the app switcher.
I don't like that the submenus in the quick settings were taken away. It used to be so convenient for things like disconnecting a bluetooth device, but now you have to go into the full settings menu and open a submenu from there in order to do it. It's like they made too many things take a couple more clicks to do than it used to.
Same with multi-window. It used to be a long press of the app switcher while in an app, but now you have to swipe up to go to the app switcher, then you click on the app icon in the top middle, then you select multi-window. And you can't just switch back to the old navigation keys to get the old, much faster method.
A lot of the changes for Android P made android less intuitive and more iOS like, and I am not a fan of that at all...
Zach Owens Totally, Zach! What is interesting about multitasking is how easy it was to do one handed and mostly at the bottom of the phone. Now it goes against the idea of gestures and you have to click the top of the screen...using two hands. So inconsistent.
While this is all very fair criticism that I hope Google takes note of, I think it's important to clarify that Android P is still in beta. While I doubt they'll change that much when it's officially released, it's important to understand that the software is still being tweaked.
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