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Google tackles battery life, brightness with Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness

The feature will essentially predict the apps you're going to use in the next few hours.

Published onMay 8, 2018

Adaptive Battery for Android P

Google has announced Adaptive Battery, a new battery saving feature coming to Android P.

“Adaptive Battery uses on-device machine learning to figure out which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you won’t use until later, if at all today,” Google’s Dave Burke explained at the firm’s I/O 2018 event.

Burke claims Google is seeing a 30% reduction in CPU wake-up calls as a result of the move.

The feature is the result of a collaboration between the Android team and Google’s DeepMind team.

That’s not the only Adaptive feature coming to Android, as Google announced Adaptive Brightness as well.

Burke noted that the current auto brightness feature in Android was a “one size fits all” solution that didn’t take personal preferences into account.

“So, often what happens is that you manually need to adjust the brightness slider, resulting in the screen later becoming too bright or too dim,” Burke says of auto brightness.

Adaptive Brightness seeks to fix this by learning your preference over time. It takes into account your environment and activities, but also allows you to manually adjust the brightness slider, learning from the adjustments to (you guessed it) adapt to your preferences.

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