Android P, the next update coming down the pipe, will introduce a new way to use the OS with the addition of Actions and Slices. These features go beyond predictive use; rather than suggesting what apps you frequently use, they’ll suggest what you want to use them for.

Think of actions and slices like shortcuts. If you’re always using your McDonald’s app to order a quarter pounder and a shake, most current operating systems will throw that app in your “frequently used” section or whatever your phone’s equivalent is. With actions and slices, not only will the phone suggest the McDonald’s app, but it will save that specific order right in the Android P search bar. Actions can be created for any third-party app and they’ll be accessible through the search bar, Play Store, Google Assistant, and the home screen.

Actions and slices eliminate the need to frequently hop between apps. Google is giving search bar access to all third-party apps in an effort to make the use of the phone quicker and more convenient. They’re hoping this leads to a more efficient experience overall.

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