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Android P could predict your frequently changed toggle settings in the future

The latest Android P preview has a settings suggestions app, potentially capable of toggling settings for you based on your location and calendar.

Published onMay 15, 2018

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Between adaptive brightness and more flexible audio options, Android P is giving users more ways to create a truly personal smartphone experience. That personalization could extend to your frequently changed settings as well.

XDA-Developers combed through a “settings suggestions” app in Android P Developer Preview 2, uncovering the ability to get setting suggestions based on your location and calendar.

The app’s code lists the phrases “You usually mute your phone at this time” and “Tap to silence your phone.” Putting two and two together, this means the service will suggest various settings, presumably via the notification shade. It seems like the service will then give you the option to act on these suggestions via the shade as well.

It’s unclear whether you’d have to act on these suggestions every time or just once. The latter would be more convenient and seamless, as the phone simply enables your ringtone when you get home from work, for example.

The settings suggestions app also shows the ability to automatically activate Bluetooth when you’re driving, the publication notes. This is handy if you routinely connect your phone to the car stereo for your morning commute, for instance. However, this feature and setting suggestions at large don’t seem to be active just yet. In fact, the settings suggestions app seems to be hidden right now, forcing us to search for it via the settings menu.

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Automated setting changes aren’t new, having been possible with apps like Tasker before. We’ve also seen manufacturers attempt easy setting tweaks by scanning NFC tags with your phone. An official solution would certainly be welcome though, making for a more intuitive solution than formulas or tags.

What do you think of this new feature? Would you like to see any particular settings added? Let us know in the comments below.

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