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Android P battery tool finally tells you when then end is nigh

When our Android smartphone gives us that dreaded notification the battery has fallen below 15%, we know its remaining operating time is short.

However, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly when that “powering off” pop-up will appear, so we can ensure it’s not right in the middle of sending an important email.

In Android P, Google is doing exactly that.

Spotted by Android Police within the new, second developer preview, will now tell you when your battery will last until.

The notification says the battery “should last until about 12:00am based on your usage” and gives users the option to turn on the battery saver.

In the previous beta, the low battery notification had advised users they have “around 45m left”.

Image credit: Android Police

It’s a small change, but knowing the actual time the phone is scheduled to shut down is probably preferable.

Yesterday, during Google I/O the company announced a new AI-powered Adaptive Battery feature.

Google says the feature will shut down the apps it thinks you’re unlikely to use in order to ensure they don’t negatively affect battery life.

Related: Google I/O 2018

Android P will learn your schedule to ensure apps like Instagram aren’t running in the background in the afternoon while you’re at work, for example.

The company says it’ll mean a 30% reduction in the CPU app wake-ups, which should extend battery life for more users.

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