Android P Beta up close: Best new features

PCWorld | May 8, 2018

Google just launched the public beta of Android P, and it’s one of the biggest updates in years. Here are the coolest new features so far.

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[MIKE SIMON:

hey everyone I'm Mike Simon I'm from PC
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world and I'm here at Google i/o where
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they just introduced a new preview of
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Android P and I got a phone running it
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now and I'm gonna take you through the
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best feature

[ADAM PATRICK MURRAY]

it's right here nice well
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what are you gonna show us first

[SIMON] so
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there's three that are three features
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that are kind of new the first thing
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you'll notice when you swipe down for
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the notification shade looks different
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we got some rounded corners and some
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some more definition between the quick
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settings and the notification panel
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quick settings are now a little bit more
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pronounced as there's blue when they're
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on there they're clear when they're off
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and you can just like before swipe down
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and get a list

[MURRAY] what about the over here
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like the other screen

[SIMON] click the settings
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you got there
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oops sorry oh that was that was a
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mistake well we'll get to later

[MURRAY] oh yeah
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is there any new settings

[SIMON] because that
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looks the same and
ya know they look all about
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the same okay as far as the options it's
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mostly just a visual change mostly just
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a visual change it's a little cleaner
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and a little clearer to see what's on
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and what's off yeah
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so a couple of changes they made to this
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the Do Not Disturb button right now it's
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off so you can see all of your
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notifications that turn it on and bang
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they're gone

[MURRAY] so don't get any notifications
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SIMON] right if you get these three
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buttons here they set up this too to
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show you notifications so if you press
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one of those it sends one but you're not
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gonna see it until you turn that off and
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there's your new one of those is new it
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says now I'm not sure which one so if
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everything's still there everything is I
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can't see it so it's like just shuts
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down the phone also a new setting when
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you put your phone down face down and
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automatically turns that on so you
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you know won't be kind of inundated with
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messages because if they're just
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assuming if you put it facedown you
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don't want to look at your phone so
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that's that's just so just a fun little
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setting I like that so okay now I just
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did that by accident but that's another
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new setting of the volume you put it up
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and it automatically controls the media
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first oh perfect so you won't be
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lowering and raising your ringtone but
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you don't want to do it which is
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something that we do all the time but
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what if you want to do change your
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ringtone was a little setting button
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click on that gear and there you go
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you've still got your three options ring
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but when you see if you can see media is
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the one that's that's the primary one
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the high-level one so you know nine
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times out of ten probably nine and a
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half times out of ten you want to lower
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the volume on a video or something so
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just press down and now you're
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controlling so that that's awesome
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so you can't get the three sliders in
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the notification shade anymore huh I
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don't see it yeah and I don't see it he
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really you get you gotta press that okay
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go into the sound settings but at least
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it looks like for phone there's at
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least a toggle between vibrate bring it
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up and then there's a toggle right right
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up here you can click on vibrate click
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that for no and that's the regular
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ringer okay also if you get though
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there's a there's a new little um
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gesture if you want to just turn on
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silent mode you hold down the volume
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down and the power button or power-ups
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volume up in power and that turns on
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vibrate mode so that says if have
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volume on and you just want to quickly
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turn it off instead of a mute switch
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like like the iPhone has and 1 Plus
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Has, so you just press volume up and
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power I think it let me let me just
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double check their volume down in power
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[murray] so okay so it still isn't
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volume down and power screen screen show
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[simon]

yeah um I still hold it a little bit
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longer
a let me just try that
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one more time
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hold on no you're right it is oh there
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you go
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oh call your mom and volume down in
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Screen still it's a great job 04:07
you want to keep sliding out though or
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you got to get used to I gotta get used
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to this but I use it on the
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iPhone 10 and as you I'll show you in a
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minute it's quite a bit different from
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the way the two things function it's
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still a button yeah so this we're on if
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you use an iPhone 10 it has a home
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indicator you can't press it you have to
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gesture this is still a button if you
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want assistant you hold it down and you
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know it brings up that and if you want
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to go back to the home you press that 4:34
it brings up brings goes back to that as
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[murray]



well it looks like it still has a
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contextual back when you when you need
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it
[simon]
when you need it yes so and sure so
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if you're in Chrome or something to get
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back here

[murray]

which is something you don't
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get on the iphone

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[simon]

yeah it will bring up the
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back button but the rcents button is off
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and these are all customizable there's a
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there's a preference pane and
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settings where you can turn on the the
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the new gesture based navigation if you
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don't like e you can go back to the old
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one with the recent button the back
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button and the regular circular homeland
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oh nice so this is the new home you know
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this this new elongated home button so
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if you want to get to your recent apps
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there's no more recents the square
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button so you kind of just push up on it just once
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it brings you right
to your recent apps
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which are now horizontal instead of
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vertical and you just scroll through you
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pick the one you want and there you go
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to get back to home you just press the
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button like you did before
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[murray] so now you have to do two swipes to do
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to get to

[simon] to get to the rest of your
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apps you do it again to get to the app drawer
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yeah one cool feature they have on this
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is you can select text by long-pressing
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so if you just want to grab a piece of
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text copy it and then move it over to
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here you can use those are actually
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active windows so it's not just like a
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snapshot there's a live windows where
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you can kind of click in there grab some
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text or search for something or whatever
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you need to do and you know
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without jumping back and forth between
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all these apps

[murray]

what
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about the maybe try to go all the
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way back to something that's out of RAM
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maybe because I wonder if it has to be
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loaded in RAM for that\

[simon]

looks like it
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because you can't I don't see
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yeah cuz if you try to if you try to
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actually move the screen okay so well
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that that's the new quitting the same as
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before you just swipe up yeah but yeah
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you can't get down anywhere so it's just
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kind of a it's like a kind of like a
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dynamic screenshot almost interesting
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yeah so you know you can you can search
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and I'm gonna bring up the oh just bring
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up the Google app and search what you're
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looking for there

[murray]

what about the quick
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look at the the reason it's a little
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swipe you thing
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[simon]

oh yeah right that's that's cool so if
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you're on like if you're in in chrome
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and you're looking at something if you
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swipe it's the decison swiping it up
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it's five to the right into the left you
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can actually just quickly scroll through
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your things and when you let go it
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brings up what you are looking for so
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instead of doing this that and throwing
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just quickly zoom zoom into an app that
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you that you want grab it and go it

[murray]

does
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it only go back the last like five so
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that look like a limitation like I'm not
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sure let's see how many are open your
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messages so if you go one two three okay
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it looks like it's oh no no it's it's
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all there okay okay so if you just
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interesting so you just you just have to
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do it as if you're doing a mouse so like
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like when you reach the end you just
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kind of like little bit there yeah
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interesting but it does it does go to
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all of them and as soon as you let go it
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brings it in to where you were

[murray] so what
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do you think you excited about the these
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Features

[simon] yeah I dig gesture navigation I
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mean on the iPhone 10 it was one of my
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favorite features I always I never liked
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the physical home buttons so I you know
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gestures are something that I dig I wish
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it would have come earlier because
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Android phones haven't had buttons for a
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long time just seemed a little overdue
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very true but I'll take it now rather
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than never so yeah it's cool and then
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you're gonna be doing some more in-depth
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looks at it well yeah I'm gonna I'm
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gonna definitely take a look at it
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compared to the iPhone 10 see how things
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are different what you can customize
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what you can customize but I definitely
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seems like a great step in a direction
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that even if it's overdue it's it's the
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right one awesome
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