2018 is the year of change for Android. With the incoming Android P update (rumoured to be called Android Pie) landing later this year, with it comes a multitude of changes that’ll revolutionise Android as we know it. Here are just five of the biggest changes to anticipate.
A massive redesign to rival the iPhone
One of the biggest changes Android P will be introducing this year is a radical redesign in order to attract iPhone users to the platform. With iOS being a consistently popular choice for many years, it makes sense for Android to seek inspiration – and Android P looks set to be a signifier of that.
The consistency of iOS has led users to expect certain actions, transitions and design choices from the iPhone, something that Android does not fare well with – after all, app designers have a lot more independence in this realm. Android P is certain to tackle this issue, though, making for a more constant and stable experience throughout.
Better integration of the Google Assistant
Taking another cue from iOS, Android P will be better integrating Google Assistant so that it works with more apps and functions upon Android phones. Again, it’s a matter of consistency – and where iOS is a more inclusive experience, Android’s allowance for independence means it’s more difficult for Google Assistant to work with third-party apps.
Considering how much information Google has about its users – it’s no secret – it’ll be easy to integrate that into Google Assistant, making it more of an assistant than a mere toy. After all, 54% of people say they can’t live without their phones, so an assistant might be necessary.
More “notches” on hardware
One thing you can (perhaps unsurprisingly) anticipate from new Android handsets in 2018 is more screen real estate. With the lack of bezels on recent handsets (the iPhone X doing it on the iOS side of things), 2018 looks set to take the trend to new heights – with software to match.
Expect Android to really embrace the camera notches and bezel-less displays this year, creating software that easily works around said notches, giving you the best possible picture. If there’s one area in which Android pioneers, it’s certainly the varied, boundary-pushing designs of its handsets.
Availability of new updates
If you’re an Android user, you’ve likely noticed the delays in software updates between handsets – where some top-of-the-range Android phones get new updates immediately, older handsets are left waiting with massive delays, which makes for a very frustrating user experience.
However, with Android P this issue is set to be a thing of the past. Being such a drastic overhaul of the operating system, Android users can expect to receive the update almost simultaneously. Of course, older devices should anticipate an end to updates after several years, but for those eligible, those long waits could no longer be a burden.
Although Android phones are already considerably customization – an advantage that has long been held over iOS – Android P is expected to take it even further. With everything from lock screens to widget layouts becoming a lot more open to user’s demands, no phone will look the same.
It’s just one of the many things Android does so well, and with the imminent Android P update elevating it to new successes, users will likely be happier than ever.
What are you most looking forward to from Android this year? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.