With Android 9 Pie, Google has redesigned the Settings app in a big way, as it blends design and algorithms into its mobile operating system. At I/O 2018, Google said that settings is being redesigned to make it easier to use. One of the key change with the new design is that Search plays a key role in finding specific settings.
In order to improve that experience further, Google has today updated a “Settings Suggestions” app for the Pixel and Pixel 2. The app is already installed on the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones running Android 9 Pie and today, the app received its first major update. According to Play Store listing, the app provides “Personalized Settings suggestions to help you setup and manage your device.”
These Settings Suggestions appear at the top of the Settings apps and are seen just under the search field. The settings are presented as cards that you can close and they are visible on first setup as well. The primary role is these cards is to provide you with a “tour of your new (Pixel) phone.”
The app also powers the list of suggested results when users begin typing into the search box. “Settings Suggestions is the intelligence behind Settings, helping you discover, manage, and setup your phone’s settings. By understanding your context and actions, Settings Suggestions powers the search results and suggestions you see in Settings,” the description for the app reads.
Some of its key features, according to Google, include
1. Personalized Settings search results based on your device state and usage
2. Suggestions for new settings that you may want to use based on your current habits
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With Android 9 Pie, Google is making its mobile operating system contextually aware that piggybacks on its machine learning capabilities. The new app will also offer contextually aware options based on the state and usage of a device and it also takes into account user habits. Like all other system Pixel apps, Google is also releasing updates via the Play Store. While the app is visible on other devices as well, it can only be installed on Pixel phones.