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Android apps will soon be able to react to the context

A new set of instructions will allow apps and sensors to communicate more easily with each other, making the phone even smarter

(Photo: Google)(Photo: Google)

Today's smartphones are phenomenal tools, but they have a problem: their sensors and the apps installed inside them they don't communicate enough with each other. Google knows this and at its I / O conference presented its remedy, which will be integrated into its Android N operating system. These are the Awareness API, a series of new algorithms that allow the phone to put together all the data collected by sensors and apps to give them more awareness of the environment around them and to do so react to surrounding conditions intelligently.

(Photo: Google)(Photo: Google)

Realizing that we put the smartphone on the bedside table very late and knowing that the morning after the empty agenda until noon, the alarm clock usually set at 7:30 will be more forgiving; by connecting the earphones and starting to run, the accelerometer let the music player know that we are probably doing exercises and we may prefer a well-loaded playlist; a virtual assistant can connect to speakers built into Google Home to warn of an upcoming appointment on the calendar and difficult traffic conditions.

In short, the usage scenarios are varied. Some are unpublished, while others explains Google were already possible using simultaneously several old instructions (and therefore at the cost of a more intense consumption of the battery). The Awareness APIs are thus designed to generate smarter and more useful apps, making the programming process simpler and more intuitive for developers. The latter can already get their hands on the new instructions by filling out the form put online by Google, while users will benefit only when they can have a phone with Android N.

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